Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis


Justification of Red List category
This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species was reported to be common, prior to being split (Flegg and Madge 1995, Coates et al. 1997, Coates 1990, Doughty et al. 1999).

Trend justification
The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Distribution and population

Subspecies P. p. pelengensis occurs in Banggai Is (E of Sulawesi). Subspecies P. p. clio occurs in Sula Is (E of Sulawesi). Subspecies P. p. buruensis occurs in Buru. Subspecies P. p. macrorhyncha occurs in Seram and Ambon. Subspecies P. p. fuscoflava occurs in Tanimbar Is (Larat, Yamdena). Subspecies P. p. arthuri occurs in Wetar I. Subspecies P. p. calliope occurs in Timor and Semau. Subspecies P. p. dammeriana occurs in Damar I. Subspecies P. p. sharpei occurs in Babar I. Subspecies P. p. balim occurs in WC New Guinea (N slopes of Snow Mts). Subspecies P. p. goodsoni occurs in Admiralty Is. Subspecies P. p. sexuvaria occurs in St Matthias Group. Subspecies P. p. citreogaster occurs in Bismarck Archipelago (New Hanover, Djaul, New Ireland, Feni, Umboi, New Britain, Nusa, Tolokiwa). Subspecies P. p. tabarensis occurs in Bismarck Archipelago: Tabar (off E New Ireland). Subspecies P. p. ottomeyeri occurs in Bismarck Archipelago: Lihir (off E New Ireland). Subspecies P. p. collaris occurs in Louisiade Archipelago (Egum, Bonvouloir Group, Conflict Group, Teste, Deboyne Group, Misima, Renard), off SE New Guinea. Subspecies P. p. rosseliana occurs in Rossel I (SE Louisiades). Subspecies P. p. ornata occurs in N Santa Cruz Is (Swallow Is, Reef Is, Duff Is). Subspecies P. p. utupuae occurs in C Santa Cruz Is (Utupua). Subspecies P. p. vanikorensis occurs in S Santa Cruz Is (Vanikoro). Subspecies P. p. intacta occurs in Banks Is, and N & C Vanuatu (S to Efate). Subspecies P. p. chlorura occurs in Erromango (SC Vanuatu). Subspecies P. p. cucullata occurs in Anatom (S Vanuatu). Subspecies P. p. littayei occurs in Loyalty Is (Lifu, Uvea). Subspecies P. p. occidentalis occurs in SW Australia. Subspecies P. p. fuliginosa occurs in SC Australia. Subspecies P. p. pectoralis occurs in E Australia (E Queensland, NE New South Wales). Subspecies P. p. youngi occurs in SE Australia. Subspecies P. p. glaucura occurs in islands in Bass Strait (King I, Flinders I) and Tasmania. Subspecies P. p. contempta occurs in Lord Howe I. Subspecies P. p. xanthoprocta occurs in Norfolk I.


Text account compilers
Butchart, S., Hardenbol, A., Wheatley, H., Ekstrom, J.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Species factsheet: Pachycephala pectoralis. Downloaded from on 24/02/2024.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2024) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 24/02/2024.