Fiji Whistler

Information about the Bird Fiji Whistler

The Fiji whistler (Pachycephala vitiensis) is a species of bird in the Pachycephalidae family, which is endemic to Fiji.

It was variably considered a subspecies of a widespread golden whistler P. pectoralis. Three of the subspecies (P. v. kandavensis, lauana, and vitiensis) of the former white-throated whistler were lumped with the Fiji whistler in 2014 by the IOC. The Temotu whistler was formerly considered conspecific with the Fiji whistler.
Ten subspecies are recognized:
Some of the subspecies of the Fiji whistler are yellow-throated, while others are white-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.

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