Saturday 28 March 2020

Golden Whistler (Solomon Islands, 1967)

I thought this one would be easy. It’s just a bird, right? It’s got its name on the stamp. Just look up “golden whistler” and copy and paste: bingo!

Turns out it’s not that easy. The main golden whistler is the Australian one, but there are somewhere between 6 and 55 sub-species spread across the Southern Pacific. This little beauty looks like a regular golden whistler but is more likely to be an oriole or yellow-throated whistler which is endemic to the Solomon Islands and which may or may not be a sub-species of the golden Eve.

I also highly recommend that you do an image search of the Solomon Islands. It’s very good for the soul.

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