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Red-lored Whistler - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Pachycephala rufogularis
Conservation status in NSW: Critically Endangered
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Gazetted date: 31 Jul 2009
Profile last updated: 29 Jun 2022


The male is brownish-grey with orange lores and throat. The breast is grey with buff orange under parts. Some males are reported as having a buff rear collar. The female appears much paler, and has buffish lores and throat. The eyes in both sexes are red and the bill and legs are dark in colour. They weigh 30–38 g and have a total body length of 19–22 cm. Immature birds are brownish-grey with a rufous eyebrow, pale throat and a brown eye.


Occurs in and around Round Hill and Nombinnie Nature Reserves in central NSW. There are a small number of relatively old records from the of the Scotia Mallee and Tarawi Nature Reserve in the far southwest corner of the state. The current status of the species in this area is unknown. A third population at Pulletop Nature Reserve is now considered extinct at that locality.

Habitat and ecology

  • Found in mallee woodland with a shrub layer, usually of Broombush and native pine such as Mallee Pine (Callitris verrucosa), with occasional patches of spinifex and emergent mallee, forming a relatively dispersed canopy.
  • Occupies vegetation with a post fire age of 4-40 years, but is most abundant in areas with a post fire age of 21-40 years.
  • Feeds mainly on the ground, eating invertebrates (airborne and ground-dwelling, including caterpillars, weevils, grasshoppers, beetles, larvae), and some berries and seeds.
  • A substantial cup nest is constructed by these birds, mainly of coarse bark and mallee leaves, neatly woven around the rim, located within low shrubs (e.g. Broombush).

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

Activities to assist this species

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Cobar PeneplainBarnato Downs Predicted None
Cobar PeneplainNymagee Known None
Murray Darling DepressionDarling Depression Known None
Murray Darling DepressionSouth Olary Plain Known None
Other StateSA Known None
Other StateVIC Known None