Family Whistlers (Pachycephalidae)

Least Concern

Guadalcanal Hooded Whistler (Pachycephala implicata)


French: Siffleur des Salomon German: Olivbauch-Dickkopf Spanish: Silbador de Guadalcanal

Pachycephala implicata

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1929,

Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands


Until recently treated as conspecific with P. richardsi (see that species). Monotypic.


Mountains of Guadalcanal, in S Solomon Is.

Descriptive notes

16·5 cm; 33·5–37 g (male) or 30–39 g (female). Male has head black, mantle to upperwing, rump and uppertail-coverts olive; tail black; chin to... read more


Song (which is simpler, quieter and less melodious than that of P. orioloides) is a... read more


Forest, including mistforest at high elevations; at 1100–2000 m, at least. Co-exists with... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, mainly soft-bodied ones, including Orthoptera and grubs; some small snails taken, also berries and seeds. Forages mainly in... read more


Fledgling seen in Oct. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Solomon group EBA. Reported as being generally uncommon, although locally common; generally... read more

Recommended citation

Boles, W. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Guadalcanal Hooded Whistler (Pachycephala implicata). 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 21 January 2019).