Mangrove whistler

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Mangrove whistler
Mangrove Whistler.jpg
From Sundarbans, West Bengal, India
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pachycephalidae
Genus: Pachycephala
Species: P. cinerea
Binomial name
Pachycephala cinerea
(Blyth, 1847)

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  • Muscitrea cinerea
  • Pachycephala grisola

The mangrove whistler (Pachycephala cinerea) is a species of bird in the family Pachycephalidae found in South-east Asia.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Alternate names for the mangrove whistler include the grey thickhead and white-bellied whistler. The latter name should not be confused with the species of the same name, Pachycephala leucogastra. Formerly, both the green-backed and white-vented whistlers were considered to be subspecies of the mangrove whistler.


Two subspecies are recognized:[2]

  • P. c. cinerea(Blyth, 1847): Found from northeastern India to Indochina and the Greater Sundas
  • Palawan thickhead (P. c. plateni), or Palawan whistler(Blasius, W, 1888): Originally described as a separate species. Found in Palawan (Philippines)