Tongan Whistler

To: "Ross Macfarlane" <>
Subject: Tongan Whistler
From: Michael Tarburton <>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 09:37:17 +1000
G'day Ross

This comparison with the Fijian Whistler, depends on which Form you are talking about. On Ono Island in Fiji the Male is bright yellow from bill to vent, no white throat or black band. Fiji also has several other variations.

Any way glad you saw the Tongan one - I have not.


Michael Tarburton


On 30/05/2012, at 7:06 PM, Ross Macfarlane wrote:

The Tongan whistler has been lumped with the golden whistler, & there is a similar species in Fiji, but unlike the Australian & Fijian golden whistlers, the Tongan whistler has no white bib & just has a full black hangman’s hood. For the record, it was a cracker – a little golden jewel who regarded me and my recorded message with what I can best describe as a disdainful eye.


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