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Golden-backed Whistler Pachycephala aurea

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A medium-sized bird of long grass and bushes bordering lakes and rivers in the foothills and adjacent lowlands. Yellow belly, white throat, black head, breast band, wing and tail. Unusual whistler in having a yellow rather than olive back. Forages in pairs through the midstory or understory. Doesn’t normally co-occur with other “golden” whistlers. Similarly-colored birds include Golden Cuckooshrike and Golden Monarch, but Golden-backed Whistler has black on top of the head. Song, a characteristic “wit-o-wit!” or “wit-o-wityew!” with typical whistlerlike notes.

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