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Colluricincla harmonica
Colluricincla harmonica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pachycephalidae
Swainson, 1831

The family Pachycephalidae includes the whistlers, shrike-thrushes, shrike-tits, pitohuis and Crested Bellbird, and is part of the Australo-Papuan corvid lineage. Its members range from small to medium in size, and occupy most of Australasia: Australia in particular, but also New Guinea, New Zealand, and in the case of the whistlers, the South Pacific islands and parts of Indonesia.

Several species belonging to this family are outstanding songsters: the whistlers produce an astonishing volume for their size, and the lyrebirds aside, the Grey Shrike-thrush is often regarded as the finest, most inventive songbird of them all.

Some authorities list thickhead as an alternative common name to whistler.

Species of Pachycephalidae

  • Subfamily Falcunculinae
    • Whitehead, Mohoua albicilla
      Yellowhead, Mohoua ochrocephala
      Pipipi, Mohoua novaeseelandiae
      Crested Shrike-tit, Falcunculus frontatus
      Crested Bellbird, Oreoica gutturalis
      Mottled Whistler, Rhagologus leucostigma
  • Subfamily Pachycephalinae
    • Dwarf Whistler, Pachycare flavogrisea
      Olive-flanked Whistler, Hylocitrea bonensis
      Maroon-backed Whistler, Coracornis raveni
      Rufous-naped Whistler, Aleadryas rufinucha
      Olive Whistler, Pachycephala olivacea
      Red-lored Whistler, Pachycephala rufogularis
      Gilbert's Whistler, Pachycephala inornata
      Mangrove Whistler, Pachycephala grisola
      Green-backed Whistler, Pachycephala albiventris
      White-vented Whistler, Pachycephala homeyeri
      Island Whistler, Pachycephala phaionotus
      Rusty Whistler, Pachycephala hyperythra
      Brown-backed Whistler, Pachycephala modesta
      Bornean Whistler, Pachycephala hypoxantha
      Sulphur-bellied Whistler, Pachycephala sulfuriventer
      Vogelkop Whistler, Pachycephala meyeri
      Yellow-bellied Whistler, Pachycephala philippinensis
      Gray-headed Whistler, Pachycephala griseiceps
      Fawn-breasted Whistler, Pachycephala orpheus
      Gray Whistler, Pachycephala simplex
      Golden Whistler, Pachycephala pectoralis
      Sclater's Whistler, Pachycephala soror
      Lorentz's Whistler, Pachycephala lorentzi
      Black-tailed Whistler, Pachycephala melanura
      New Caledonian Whistler, Pachycephala caledonica
      Samoan Whistler, Pachycephala flavifrons
      Tongan Whistler, Pachycephala jacquinoti
      Regent Whistler, Pachycephala schlegelii
      Bare-throated Whistler, Pachycephala nudigula
      Hooded Whistler, Pachycephala implicata
      Golden-backed Whistler, Pachycephala aurea
      Drab Whistler, Pachycephala griseonota
      Wallacean Whistler, Pachycephala arctitorquis
      Black-headed Whistler, Pachycephala monacha
      White-bellied Whistler, Pachycephala leucogastra
      Rufous Whistler, Pachycephala rufiventris
      White-breasted Whistler, Pachycephala lanioides
      Sooty Shrike-thrush, Colluricincla umbrina
      Rufous Shrike-thrush, Colluricincla megarhyncha
      Sangihe Shrike-thrush, Colluricincla sanghirensis
      Bower's Shrike-thrush, Colluricincla boweri
      Sandstone Shrike-thrush, Colluricincla woodwardi
      Grey Shrike-thrush, Colluricincla harmonica
      Morningbird, Colluricincla tenebrosa
      Hooded Pitohui, Pitohui dichrous
      White-bellied Pitohui, Pitohui incertus
      Rusty Pitohui, Pitohui ferrugineus
      Crested Pitohui, Pitohui cristatus
      Variable Pitohui, Pitohui kirhocephalus
      Black Pitohui, Pitohui nigrescens
      Wattled Ploughbill, Eulacestoma nigropectus

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