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Psophodes olivaceus 27 cm

         The Eastern Whipbird is endemic to forests of eastern Australia.

         In north Queensland it is virtually restricted to upland rainforests.

         Its loud whipcrack call is a familiar sound but the birds are difficult to see as they forage in dense understorey vegetation.  

    The call of the whipbird is usually a combined effort. it starts with a thin piercing (but hard to locate) whistle and (easier to locate) whipcrack whereupon the partner adds several sharp chirrups. It has long been thought that the call is initiated by the male and completed by the female, but the opposite may also be true. (Source: Environmental Protection Agency)

      The dark olive-green body, black head, small black crest, white cheeks and long
       tail give it a distinctive appearance.

      Although spending most time on or near the ground, it often is seen feeding among
 debris caught in foliage or vines, sometimes 10m or more above forest floor.

       They are easily observed on the lawns,  in the orchard and open understorey areas
Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge .


Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges
Lake Eacham, Atherton Tableland
Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
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