Bali Impressions-Animals in and around your
house or Hotel
The Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis) is a species of bird
native to the
Australia-New Guinea region and extending somewhat into the Pacific. It
is among the birds with the highest number of geographic subspecies,
with 59 recognized subspecies and a number of closely related species
which may be subspecies (like the Tongan Whistler). The male usually has
a bright yellow underside, olive-green back and wings, and a black head
with a yellow collar. The females have various subdued colors across
the range; both sexes have red-brown eyes. Golden Whistlers have a
strong, musical voice.
Distribution of the Golden Whisler extends across Australia except parts
of Western Australia. They can also be found in Tasmania, Indonesia,
Fiji, New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. Golden Whistlers live in the
same area for most of the year, but birds in the south-east migrate
during winter months.
The Golden Whistler can be found in almost any wooded habitat,
especially dense forests. It eats berries, insects, spiders, and other
small arthropods. They usually feed alone and obtain food from the lower
to middle tree level, or they may alternatively take part in
mixed-species feeding flocks. On Santa Isabel Island for example it was
noted that this species only joins such flocks as they move through
inland forest, away from the coast or larger rivers.
This species breeds between September and January. Male and female both
work on the nest, which is a shallow bowl made of twigs, grass, and
bark, and bound together with spider web. Only one brood is raised per
season and both birds share incubation and care of young. Eggs hatch 15
days after they are laid and the young leave the nest after 12 days.