Sounds & Calls
Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus)
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The song of the Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus) is one of the most iconic sounds of the forests of eastern Australia. Although the birds themselves often remain hidden in the undergrowth, their sharp, whipcrack-like calls are loud and distinctive. Calls often are a ‘duet’ between two birds, likely a male/female response (although I’m not sure if it’s ever actually been proven which sex makes which part of the call as both male and female look identical!). In any case, one bird makes the initial whistle and whipcrack, followed by a response of 1-4 notes by the second bird. Apart from the classic ‘whipcrack’ song, Eastern Whipbirds make a variety of other sounds including harsh bubbly chattering and rasping calls.