Eastern Whipbird (species: Psophodes (Psophodes) olivaceus) in Yarrahapinni Wetlands NP (Gaia Guide)
Psophodes (Psophodes) olivaceus
Eastern Whipbird

©Leo: Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes (Psophodes) olivaceus)

©David Cook: Juvenile Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes (Psophodes) olivaceus)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Psophodidae
Genus Psophodes
Species Psophodes (Psophodes) olivaceus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It is olive green with a black head and breast. It has a small black crest with a white cheek-patch on its face. It has a paler abdomen with a long dark olive-green tail tipped with white. The iris is brown and bill is black with blackish feet.

The male is slightly larger than the female. Juveniles are a duller olive-brown and lack the white cheek stripes and dark throat.

The Eastern Whipbird is generally shy, and is heard much more often than seen. Its long drawn out call - a long note, followed by a "whip crack" (which is the source of the common name) and some follow on notes - is one of the most distinctive sounds of the eastern Australian bush. The call is usually a duet between the male and female, the male producing the long note and whip crack and female the following notes. Calls are most frequent in the early morning, though do occur through the day with small peaks at noon and sunset.

Though male calls are consistent across the species range, a high degree of variation in female calls has been reported. (Wikipedia)


  • From 26 cm to 30 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes (Psophodes) olivaceus)

Distribution and habitat preferences

The Eastern Whipbird is found in wet temperate forests including both rainforests and wet sclerophyll forests, generally near water. It occurs from eastern Victoria north through to central Queensland. A northern race, sometimes known as the Northern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus lateralis) is found in the wet tropics of North Queensland from Cooktown to Townsville. (Wikipedia)

Audio recordings


One burst, unfiltered.

© Daniel Hinckley



© Mike FitzGerald


Eastern Whipbird is insectivorous, recovering insects from leaf litter on the forest floor. (Wikipedia)

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