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Meet the Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris)


Hello people.  I have identified the bird in yesterday’s post as a female Rufous Whistler, but it might be an immature bird.

Where there is one, there must be others.


female rufous whistler
Rufous Whistler, female  (Nikon D3000)


Now, I know that I did see the male bird some time ago.  At first I thought it an Eastern Spinebill, but it didn’t have the long curved beak. I’ll have to lurk out in the garden more often.

Wikipedia says …

The rufous whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris) is a species of whistler found in New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, and throughout Australia (with the exception of Tasmania) …

While females are typically dull brown or grey with streaked underbodies, males are predominantly dark-grey with white throats and (in most cases) a black mask that covers most of their head and some of their neck. These birds are between 16 and 18 centimetres in size, on average, and their average weight is approximately 25 grams.

The rufous whistler has a variety of musical calls which consist of a lengthy series of ringing notes.


Rufous Whistler, male. (Image from Birds in Backyards)
Rufous Whistler, male. (Image from Birds in Backyards)


Wikipedia also says …

While rufous whistlers primarily feed on insects, they also eat seeds, fruit and occasionally, leaves and grasses. They never forage for food on the ground which is unusual for whistlers which typically do not forage at particularly high levels.


rufous whistler, female
Rufous Whistler, female    (Nikon D3000)


This  bird was sheltering from the heat in the good shade by our side door. I have seen it drink from the pond out front – just a fleeting back view  – several times.

Have a good day.   Thanks for dropping by.     🙂











I started blogging in an effort to keep the old brain cells alive. I'm writing a fantasy series, I take more MOOCs than I can handle, and am trying to get my Nikon D3000 off auto. I live in Victoria, Australia, with my husband and our dog, Vika.

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