Eastern Whipbird

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Common Name: Eastern Whipbird
Scientific Name: Psophodes olivaceus

Size: 10 ¼ - 11 ¾ inches (26-30 cm)

Habitat: Australia; range is from northern Queensland to Victoria along the coastal band of eastern Australia. Eastern Whipbirds live in wet habitats, including rainforest, ucalypt forest and dense scrub near watercourses, in dense vegetation near the ground.

Status: Least Concern. Global population: Unknown. In the north, the Eastern Whipbird's distribution has become patchy where its habitat has been cleared.

Diet: Insects and other small invertebrates, which are caught on the ground by bill. Feeding takes place alone, in pairs or in small family groups, recovering insects from leaf litter on the forest floor

Nesting: Young whip birds are generally duller, with a smaller crest. The white cheek patch is absent in very young birds, and increases in size as the birds mature.

Whipbirds are monogamous. A breeding pair of Eastern Whipbirds occupies a territory, which is defended year round, with the mates staying together for many years. Breeding occurs form late winter through spring; a loosely built bowl of twigs and sticks lined with softer material such as grasses, located in shrubs or trees less than 3-4 m (10-12 ft) above the ground. Several broods may be laid the an extended breeding season. A clutch of 2-3 eggs, pale blue with blackish splotches and spots, measuring 28 x 20 mm. Female incubate and brood the eggs and nestlings, though males help feed and take a more active role in looking after fledglings for 6 weeks after leaving the nest. Sometimes two broods are raised in a single season.

Cool Facts: These birds are secretive, but can be curious, and will be seen if the observer remains patient. 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 a 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".

Found in Songbird ReMix Australia Volume I

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