Rufous Whistler, Pachycephala rufiventris, is a medium sized bird ranging from 16cm to 17cm. The Refous Whistler features a short dark stubby bill and long narrow tail that has a slightly forked tip. The males are rich grey above with a white throat, circled by black feathers and rufous coloured breast and belly. Females are dull grey/brown above and buffy with vertical streaked underparts. Immatures are similar to females. Call is a variety of rich rapid ringing notes ending with a loud ‘eee-chong’.
Feeds mostly on insects and occasionally seeds, leaves and fruit. Rarely seen on the ground. Mostly found singly and sometimes in pairs.
September-February. The female builds a cup-shaped nest from twigs, grass and other materials and binds it to a tree fork with cobwebs. Both male and female incubate the eggs and feed the young.
Places to Look
- Open woodland
- Remnant bush
- Woodland Birds of the Burdekin Dry Tropics
- Birdlife Townsville (formerly the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club)
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