Rufous WhistlerScientific name: Pachycephala rufiventris

Meaning of name: Pachycephala is from the Greek words pachys, meaning thick, and cephale, meaning head. Rufiventris is from the Latin words rufus, meaning red, and venter, meaning belly.

Aboriginal name: Bambon (bam’born).

Distribution: Widespread on mainland Australia.

Description: Up to 18cm long with a 30cm wingspan.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 88km. The oldest bird recorded was still alive when its band was read in August 1986, 15 years 2.7 months after being banded (information as at 20 June 2012).

References: Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.
What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme