Fiji Whistler

Scientific Name
Pachycephala graeffii
Conservation Status
Not Recognized (NR)

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The Fiji Whistler (Pachycephala graeffii) is a species of bird in the Pachycephalidae family, which is endemic to Fiji. It is variably considered a subspecies of a widespread P. pectoralis, a subspecies of P. vitiensis or treated as a separate species, but strong published evidence in favour of either treatment is limited, and further study is warranted to resolve the complex taxonomic situation. To further confuse, when treated as a subspecies of P. vitiensis the common name Fiji Whistler is used for the "combined" species, but when the two are split that name is limited to P. graeffii, while P. vitiensis is known as the White-throated Whistler. Unlike that species, males of the Fiji Whistler are yellow-throated. It has been speculated that these two groups are the result of separate waves of colonisations, with the yellow-throated being the result of an early colonisation, and the white-throated the result of a secondary colonisation. The yellow-throated are found on most northern and central islands (Vanua Levu, Viti Levu, Taveuni, Ovalau, Kioa, Rabi, Koro and Vatu Vara), while the white-throated are found on some southern islands (Kadavu, Gau and southern Lau Islands, and also the Santa Cruz Islands in the Solomons).