Gilbert’s Whistlers

The Gilbert’s Whistlers (Pachycephala inornata) – also known as Black-lored Whistlers, Red-throated Whistlers or Red-throated Thickheads – occur naturally in Australia.

Subspecies and Ranges:

  • Gilbert’s Whistler (Pachycephala inornata inornata – Gould, 1841) – nominate race
    • Range: Northwestern and northern Victoria north to central New South Wales.
    [Pachycephala inornata gilbertii – Gould, 1844] – disputed race
    • Range: Mallee tracts of southwestern Australia east to the Nullarbor Plain (Great Australian Bight coast)


The plumage is mostly greyish, paler below. The throat is ochre. The lores (area between the eyes and the bill) are blackish. The small bill is cone-shaped, with a light down curve to the upper bill. The eyes are reddish and the legs and feet dark.

Diet / Feeding

These whistlers mostly feed on insects.

Calls / Vocalizations / Sounds

Sound Recordings

Alternate (Global) Names

Chinese: ???? … Czech: pištec jihoaustralský, Pištec nezdobený … Danish: Sorttøjlet Fløjter … Dutch: Zwartteugelfluiter, Zwartteugel-fluiter … German: Schwarzzügel-Dickkopf … Finnish: Punakurkkuviheltäjä … French: Pachycéphale de Gilbert, Siffleur de Gilbert … Italian: Zufolatore di Gilbert … Japanese: meguromozuhitaki … Norwegian: Krattplystrer …Polish: fletówka rdzawogardla, fletówka rdzawogard?a … Russian: ???????????? ??????? … Slovak: hlavácik maskový, hlavá?ik maskový … Spanish: Chiflador de Gilberto, Silbador de Gilbert … Swedish: Svarttygelvisslare

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