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Mangrove whistler

Pachycephala cinerea, Edward Blyth, 1847

(In Thai: นกโกงกางหัวโต)

The mangrove whistler (Pachycephala cinerea) is a species of bird in the family Pachycephalidae found in South-east Asia.

Taxonomy and systematics

Alternate names for the mangrove whistler include the grey thickhead and white-bellied whistler. The latter name should not be confused with the species of the same name, Pachycephala leucogastra. Formerly, both the green-backed and white-vented whistlers were considered to be subspecies of the mangrove whistler.


Two subspecies are recognized:

  • P. c. cinerea – (Blyth, 1847): Found from northeastern India to Indochina and the Greater Sundas
  • Palawan thickhead (P. c. plateni), or Palawan whistler – (Blasius, W, 1888): Originally described as a separate species. Found in Palawan (Philippines)

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Category / Seasonal Status

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident

Scientific classification

Pachycephala cinerea

Common names

  • Thai: นกโกงกางหัวโต

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Mangrove whistler
Mangrove whistler

Range Map

Distribution map of Mangrove whistler, Pachycephala cinerea in Thailand
  • Ao Phang-Nga National Park
  • Ban Laem District, Phetchaburi
  • Bang Pu Recreation Centre
  • Hat Khanom - Mu Koh Thale Tai National Park
  • Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
  • Klaeng District, Rayong
  • Ko Samui District, Surat Thani
  • Ko Sichang District, Chonburi
  • Ko Tao
  • Laem Pak Bia
  • Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
  • Mueang Pattani District, Pattani
  • Mueang Phang Nga District, Phang Nga
  • Mueang Ranong District, Ranong
  • Mueang Samut Sakhon District, Samut Sakhon
  • Mueang Samut Songkhram District, Samut Songkhram
  • Mueang Satun District, Satun
  • Pak Phanang District, Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Pak Thale
  • Pran Buri Forest Park
  • Samae San Island
  • Samut Prakan Province
  • Sri Phang-nga National Park
  • Takua Pa District, Phang Nga
  • Tha Phae District, Satun
Range map of Pachycephala cinerea in Thailand