Golden Whistler

Pachycephala pectoralis

Golden Whistlers are common in the forested ranges in summer and are often seen in Canberra suburbs in winter, particularly in gardens with tall shrubs and trees, where they forage quietly for insects. Their call is melodious but they are quieter when over-wintering in the suburbs than they are in the forests in spring and summer.

The majority of Golden Whistlers observed are plain grey birds, rather than adult males with spectacular golden plumage. The grey birds are either adult females or young birds. It is possible to distinguish the young birds from the adult females because the young birds have rufous-tinged wings. Numbers are highest from April to September, and low from December to February. Numbers have remained fairly constant over the middle of the survey. There is only one breeding record. R=28. BR=100.