Birda Logo
Species Guide

Western Whistler

Pachycephala fuliginosa

The Western Whistler, Pachycephala fuliginosa, is a charming bird species belonging to the Pachycephalidae family, gracing the southwest of Australia with its presence. This bird, once considered a subspecies of the Australian golden whistler, has been recognized as a distinct species following molecular studies that revealed its closer kinship to the mangrove golden whistler complex.

Identification Tips

The male Western Whistler is a striking figure with a black head and nape, a white throat, and a black collar. Its yellow underbelly extends behind its neck, creating a vivid contrast. The wings are adorned with alternating olive and grey linear stripes, and it sports a thin grey tail. The female, while sharing the body shape, presents with a grey head, a white underbelly, and wings feathered in shades of brown and grey, also ending in a grey tail. Two subspecies are recognized: P. f. occidentalis and P. f. fuliginosa.


These birds are found in a variety of drier habitats, including forested shrubland with dense undergrowth, soft land scrubs, woodlands, and even the occasional garden park or exotic pine plantation. They are adaptable and can live at various elevations, including mountainous regions.


The Western Whistler's range extends from Kalbarri southward and eastward to the drier regions of South Australia and Western Victoria.


Some populations of Western Whistlers are resident year-round, while others exhibit altitudinal migration, moving to open lower elevation areas during the non-breeding season. This movement is influenced by age and sex, with adult females and juveniles often migrating before males. In some populations, males migrate while females do not. They exhibit territorial behaviour during the breeding season, which includes singing, rivalry, and displays of physical dominance.

Song & Calls

In the quest for female attention, male Western Whistlers produce a variety of shrieking sounds that vary in pace and volume. These vocalizations are part of their courtship display, which also involves a strained posture with wings spread, circling the female.


The breeding season spans from August to February, peaking from September to October. Western Whistlers typically pair up for breeding and may separate after the season, although some pairs may remain together for life. Females are responsible for constructing the nest using undergrowth, twigs, and other foliage.

Diet and Feeding

Omnivorous in nature, Western Whistlers feed on invertebrates such as spiders and insects, as well as fruits and, on rare occasions, seeds. They forage primarily in shrubs and tree crowns, seldom hunting on the ground. There are noted differences in feeding habits between the sexes in some areas, and they may forage in the company of other bird species.

Conservation Status

The Western Whistler is currently listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, indicating a stable population without immediate threats to its survival.

App logo
Birda is a birdwatching app and community aimed at curious people who want to deepen their connection with nature.

Western Whistlers on Birda


More Whistlers & Allies

A photo of a Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica)

Grey Shrikethrush

Colluricincla harmonica
Birda Logo

Your birdwatching journey like never before

Connect with nature in minutes
Take a walk, look out of the window and log the birds that you see. Feel good about those little connections to nature.
Discover the joy of birding
Find new birding spots, see more birds, share and celebrate with a like-minded community of nature lovers.
Play your part in saving nature
Logging your birding sightings and sessions turns into positive action for our planet. Every sighting counts.

Birda Blog

What Our Birders Say
Great App
Great app to use for logging and communicating with others who are interested in birds
Safira V
Birding and wellbeing app
Birda is an excellent platform to share your love of Birding and is a great tool of encouragement for a Birding Beginner like me. Birda has a very kind and supportive community of Birding enthusiasts. For me BIRDA is not only a BIRDING but also a WELLBEING App.
Emma L
App got me interested in birding!
Super friendly community <3 This app got me interested in birding! It teaches me cool stuff and its super friendly, and fun :) The species guide is really developing my knowledge, and i love seeing cool new birds from round the world!
The best bird logging app
Birda is honestly the best bird logging app I have seen. I love all the features it has from being able to do a session and log all the birds you see in one sitting, to being able to connect with other birders from all over the globe!
Just what birding needs
We need more fun in birding, for years it has had a reputation for being up tight and stuffy and only perused by retirees and anoraks. Birda helps change that perception and firmly brings birding into the 21st century! Fun, interactive while still contributing to science and conservation. If you aren’t on it, why not??
Hip An
Really enjoying Birda where I live i have a lot of Red kites really hard to photograph but I can video are you planning some place on the app where us Birda can post vidsπŸ¦‰πŸ¦…
Such a great app!
I didn’t think I could enjoy birding more but this app makes it so much better. Some great features and a really great way to share your sightings with your friends or fellow birders nearby or around the world! ❀️
Recommend for any bird watcher
Very wholesome app: I joined this app with a new interest in watching birds to help me find out what I was spotting. The community is very active in helping identify birds which is great and everyone is very kind so it’s just a nice wholesome community. I would definitely recommend this for any bird spotter πŸ˜ƒ
Paul F
Very good database
Highly recommend. It great that this app shows you male Vs female variations when posting. Very good database I'm really impressed.
Unbridled Discoveries
Great app for bird lovers
I love this app! It’s a wonderful way to track birding sessions, and also connect you with fellow birders. I also really like the unidentified bird section, it’s a great community tool to help figure out what a never-before-seen bird is!
As featured in
AboutPressAmbassadorsAffiliatesInfluencersCareersPrivacyTerms & Conditions
An app for birdwatchers
Giving back
Connect with us
Copyright Β© 2024 Chirp Birding. All rights reserved.