Family Whistlers (Pachycephalidae)

Least Concern

New Caledonian Whistler (Pachycephala caledonica)


French: Siffleur calédonien German: Ockerbauch-Dickkopf Spanish: Silbador de Nueva Caledonia

Muscicapa caledonica

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

New Caledonia


Previously treated as conspecific with P. pectoralis (see page 268). Alternatively, sometimes considered to include races vanikorensis, intacta, chlorura, cucullata and littayei of P. pectoralis, but present species differs from these in its grey vs black hood (3); much narrower breastband (1); orange wash on breast (2); and slenderer bill (at least 1). Monotypic.

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New Caledonia and I of Pines.

Descriptive notes

14–16 cm; 18–25 g. Male has crown and side of head ashy grey, trace of yellow collar (often absent); upperparts and tail greenish-olive; upperwing dusky, remiges... read more


Song is a loud rising “whit-whit-whit”; also a repeated loud descending whistle. Sharp “chip” and... read more


Humid forest, including degraded forest and forest edge and, locally, drier forest; sea-level to... read more

Food and feeding

Insects; occasionally small snails and seeds. Feeds in foliage and on branches.


Season Dec–Jan. Nest a cup of fine twigs, unlined, internal diameter 60 mm, some spider web used externally, attached to small twigs... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in New Caledonia EBA. Quite common in suitable habitat, especially below 300 m. Occurs in Rivière Bleue Reserve.

Recommended citation

Boles, W. (2017). New Caledonian Whistler (Pachycephala caledonica). 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 November 2017).