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Eastern Whipbird

Psophodes olivaceus olivaceus


The Eastern Whipbird is "mostly dark olive-green above, with a long tail, and a grey-white belly. The head and breast are black, with a broad white patch on the side of the face and a black crest. The eye is pale cream and the bill is black." (Birdlife Australia)


Rummaging around in the leaf litter for insects at the picnic area at Bunya Mountains National Park.


I grew up hearing the iconic sound of this bird. This spotting is one of the very few times I have ever actually laid eyes on it and it gave me enough time to get a little video. They don't really stay still for very long though!: Here is some more interesting reading:

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1 Comment

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

Wow, you've actually seen one. They are usually just a blur to me, but I do listen for them. Bell birds too. That iconic sound is part of our psyche. Thanks for sharing this, Liana.

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Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Mar 15, 2019
Submitted on May 26, 2019

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