Eastern Whipbird

The Eastern Whipbird was mistakenly described by John Latham as two separate species in 1802 from early colonial illustrations, first as the White-cheeked Crow , then as the Coachwhip Flycatcher .

The Eastern Whipbird is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus) is an insectivorous passerine bird native to the east coast of Australia, its whip-crack call a familiar sound in forests of eastern Australia. Two subspecies are recognised. Heard much more often than seen, it is a dark olive-green and black in colour with a distinctive white cheek patch and crest. The male and female are similar in plumage. More

The Eastern Whipbird was mistakenly described by John Latham as two separate species in 1802 from early colonial illustrations, first as the White-cheeked Crow (Corvus olivaceus), then as the Coachwhip Flycatcher (Muscicapa crepitans). The bird became commonly known as Coachwhip Bird or Stockwhip Bird. John Gould recorded the aboriginal term Djou from the Hunter Region of New South Wales. More

The Eastern Whipbird is famous for its call which sounds like the crack of a whip. The call is actually made by two birds, the male beginning the call with the long whistle, and the female ending it with the whip crack sound. The sound is heard at the beginning of the theme song to "Skippy the Bush Kangaroo". Eastern Whipbirds are heard much more than they are seen as they like to hide in dense scrub, from which they rarely emerge. More

The range of the Eastern Whipbird is from northern Queensland to Victoria along the coastal band of eastern Australia. Habitat Eastern Whipbirds live in wet habitats, including rainforest, eucalypt forest and dense scrub near watercourses, in dense vegetation near the ground. The birds are secretive, but can be curious, and will be seen if the observer remains patient. Seasonal movements Sedentary; The birds remain in the same area all year round. More

Eastern Whipbird Size: 25cm Habitat: Located east of the Great Dividing range, this bird inhabits rainforests, thick scrub and thick bushed creek frontage, the Eastern Whipbird feeds mainly on the ground rummaging through leaves and twigs for insects and grubs. Notes: Brown/Olive coloured bird with black crest, white patch on cheek, eyes red. Breeds Winter-Spring-Summer. For more information on Eastern Whipbird see references. More


Description: The Eastern Whipbird is common around our school. We sometimes hear them in the bushland behind the school but while their loud whipping call is a familiar sound, the birds are difficult to see as they forage in the dense undergrowth. They have a dark olive-green body, black head, small black crest, a broad white patch on the side of the face and a long tail. The eye is pale cream and the bill is black. The birds grow to between 26 and 30 cm long. More

The Eastern Whipbird (Psopodes olivaceus) is found along Australia's eastern edge from northern Queensland to Victoria. It is from 26 to 30 cm long. The crested head and breast are black. There is a white neck band. They are olive green above and grey white below. The name whipbird is given because of the bird's call. The male's call sounds like the crack of a whip and the female's call follows with a sharp "choo-choo" sound. More

A fact from Eastern Whipbird appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page in the Did you know? column on 2 June 2007. The text of the entry was as follows: "Did you know * ... More

Eastern Whipbird, Psophodes olivaceus post at birdsoftheworldonline.com/eastern-whipbird-ps ophodes-oliv.... Thanks for a great photo of this interesting bird. Ron Posted 15 months ago. ( permalink ) Would you like to comment? Sign up for a free account, or sign in (if you're already a member). Guest Passes let you share your photos that aren't public. Anyone can see your public photos anytime, whether they're a Flickr member or not. More

locate eastern whipbird links and information on eastern whipbirds Psophodes olivaceus for the suburban community of Sunnybank, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. More

The male and female Eastern Whipbird are similar in colour and size with a black head and crest, back of body, wings and tail olive green, under cheeks broadly white extending on to their throat, centre throat & breast black grading to mottled white on belly and dusty olive green on flanks and under tail which has white tips. They have a red/brown eye, feet & legs and a black beak. More

The Eastern Whipbird, Psophodes olivaceus, lives in eastern Australia. It is mostly known for its call which sounds like the cracking of a whip. It lives in the forest and eats mostly insects. The taxonomy of this birds and its close relatives is still debated and its placement may change in the near future. Classification: Order: Passeriformes Family: Eupetidae Genus: Psophodes Species: P. More

Male eastern whipbirds in Australia start a duet with a whistle and a sound like that of a cracking whip, and femalesJust duet: biologists puzzle over birds' ensemble vocalizations by Milius, Susan / Science NewsHere you are greeted by a dawn chorus of 'whip-cracking' Whipbirds and meowing Catbirds and in the evening, the sun slides behind a craggy skyline with layer upon layer of variously blue-hued peaks in between. More

Eastern whipbirds rank among the most fantastic singers in the world. Their songs are given as duets between members of a mated pair. The male begins the duet with a two-syllable song; his song begins with a sustained pure-tone whistle which is followed by an explosive whip-crack. The female completes the duet by singing a two-syllable response, which sometimes sounds like ‘chew-chew’. The above sound file begins with a male singing two solo songs, but he is joined by a female for his third and fourth songs. More

Eastern Whipbird at Walkabout Creek in Brisbane Forest Park. Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved. Eastern Whipbird | Psophodes olivaceus photo These two whipbirds were photographed at Walkabout Creek in Brisbane Forest Park. Whipbirds hop on the ground and lower foliage - they don't fly very strongly. Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved. Eastern Whipbird | Psophodes olivaceus photo Whipbird feeding at Walkabout Creek in Brisbane Forest Park. More

The Eastern Whipbird has sticking-up feathers on its head. It also has long tail feathers and a white patch under its chin. HABITAT: - The Whipbird spends much of its time in dense undergrowth, where it is extremely difficult to observe. More

the male Eastern Whipbird, a native bird that inhabits much of the forested areas of the east coast of Australia. As the name implies - and as you will hear - its call resembles the loud cracking of a whip. The call of the male Eastern Whipbird is one of the most familiar to bush-walkers in eastern Australia and, along with the Laughing Kookaburra's call, it is one of the icons of the Aussie bush. More

The Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus) inhabits the east coast of Australia. It is olive green with a black head and a white patch on its face. References - * BirdLife International (2004). Psophodes olivaceus. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 12 May 2006. More

eastern whipbird seen at Kingfisher Bay Resort eastern whipbird seen at Kingfisher Bay Resort post a comment click on thumbnails for full image blog stats More

male and female eastern whipbirds participate in antiphonal duets that give this species its name. The male makes a loud whistle like a whip passing through the air, to which the female immediately adds two loud cracks. Feeding ecology and diet Most of these birds feed on ground, walking slowly, shuffling or tossing ground litter aside, and picking at prey with bill; the legs are rarely, if ever, used to clear leaves. More

Order : Passeriformes
Family : Eupetidae
Genus : Psophodes
Species : olivaceus
Authority : (Latham, 1801)