Grey Whistler

Grey Whistlers don’t have any particular ‘look-at-me’ traits but they are delightful little birds.  I think of them as having a rather pleasant personality (perhaps a somewhat anthromomorphic description) as they quietly hunt for insects without any apparent aggressiveness towards other insect hunters. They have a sweet, almost tentative call that sounds to me like it is not quite complete.  We see them on their own or in pairs and sometimes in mixed foraging groups.

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There are two races of Grey Whistler (Pachycephala simplex).  We have race peninsulae here and we have observed such a huge variation in the extent and depth of the lemon-yellow underparts that we have occasionally wondered if we also have the nominate race.

2 responses to “Grey Whistler

  1. Interesting post as always and terrific photos

  2. Sometimes the modest and unassuming birds are the most interesting.

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