White-breasted whistler

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White-breasted whistler
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pachycephalidae
Genus: Pachycephala
Species: P. lanioides
Binomial name
Pachycephala lanioides
Gould, 1840

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  • Alisterornis lanioides

The white-breasted whistler (Pachycephala lanioides) is a species of bird in the family Pachycephalidae. It is endemic to Australia. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Alternate names for the white-breasted whistler include white-bellied thickhead and white-bellied whistler. The latter name should not be confused with the species of the same name, Pachycephala leucogastra.


Three subspecies are recognized:[2]

  • P. l. carnarvoni - (Mathews, 1913): Found in coastal western Australia
  • P. l. lanioides - Gould, 1840: Found in coastal northwestern Australia
  • P. l. fretorum - De Vis, 1889: Originally described as a separate species. Found in coastal northern Australia