Family Whistlers (Pachycephalidae)

Least Concern

Banda Sea Whistler (Pachycephala par)


French: Siffleur de Hartert German: Bandadickkopf Spanish: Silbador del mar de Banda

Pachycephala par

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1904,

Romang Island


Previously included in P. pectoralis (see that species). Separable from others in the complex by a combination of “hen-feathered” male plumage, vague pale lores and supercilium, and large bill (much larger than seemingly similar and genetically close#R P. orpheus); treated as conspecific with P. orpheus by some recent authors#R. Name par has precedence over simultaneously described compar because former was described as a species, latter as a subspecies (of former). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. p. par E. J. O. Hartert, 1904 – Romang I (E Lesser Sundas).
  • P. p. compar E. J. O. Hartert, 1904 – Leti Archipelago (Leti, Moa), in E Lesser Sundas.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 18–19 cm. Adult of nominate race is olive-brown above, with crown slightly greyer, loral region somewhat paler, and rump slightly rufous; remiges and rectrices have paler... read more


    No information on song of nominate. Song of race compar consists of a fast series (7–21... read more


    Forest (both primary and secondary), tall scrub and gardens; occasionally found in mangroves. To at... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds on small invertebrates; no further information on diet. Forages mainly in lower and middle storeys. Foraging behaviour not known to... read more


    No specific information. Presumably similar to that of P. pectoralis.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Although this species has a small range (extent of occurrence 3600 km²), it seems to be reasonably common and its population trend... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Banda Sea Whistler (Pachycephala par). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 January 2019).