Black-chinned whistler

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Black-chinned whistler
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pachycephalidae
Genus: Pachycephala
Species: P. mentalis
Binomial name
Pachycephala mentalis
Wallace, 1863

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  • Pachycephala pectoralis mentalis

The black-chinned whistler (Pachycephala mentalis) is a species of bird in the family Pachycephalidae, which is endemic to Halmahera and adjacent smaller islands in North Maluku in Indonesia.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

It is variably considered a subspecies of the Australian golden whistler or treated as a separate species, but strong published evidence in favour of either treatment is limited, and further study is warranted to resolve the complex taxonomic situation.[2]


Three subspecies are recognized:[3]

  • P. m. tidorensisvan Bemmel, 1939: Found on Tidore and Ternate islands (northern Moluccas)
  • P. m. mentalisWallace, 1863: Found on Bacan, Halmahera and Morotai islands (northern Moluccas)
  • P. m. obiensisSalvadori, 1878: Originally described as a separate species. Found on Obi Islands (west of New Guinea)


The black-chinned whistler is the northernmost member of the golden whistler group, being bordered to the south by the yellow-throated whistler. The black-chinned whistler is relatively large, and males are white-throated, have an incomplete black chest-band (only distinct in the center of the chest; does not connect to the black head) and a small black chin (lacking in Obi).[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Pachycephala mentalis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Boles, W. E. (2007). Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis). pp. 421-423 in: del Hoyo, J.; Elliot, A. & Christie, D. eds (2007). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. ISBN 978-84-96553-42-2
  3. ^ "Whiteheads, sitellas & whistlers « IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2017-02-03.