Eastern Whipbird

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Eastern WhipbirdGenus: Psophodes
Species: Psophodes olivaceus
Common names: Eastern Whipbird
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This is a bird that is almost always heard in the reserve but rarely seen. Its whipcrack call is unmistakeable. The full call is made by a pair of birds with the whipcrack part produced by the male followed immediately by a short “choo-choo” response from the female. This is a rainforest bird that loves a very dense understorey and usually forages very industriously on the forest floor. I caught a brief glimpse of this bird in the distance as it went from one dense thicket of lantana to another.

(July 2012)