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Australian Bird Songs
#The Whipbird ~ Psophodes olivaceus

We hear the whipbird's wonderful call almost every day, as we are lucky enough to live near some bush where a family of this little scrub-dwelling bird lives. The initial long "whip" sound is the male calling. The short high-pitched two-note call at the very end is the female answering. These birds live mainly in rainforest areas; wetter eucalypt forests/woodlands; coastal scrubland; bracken; blackberries; lantana and overgrown gardens. They hop through the undergrowth probing rotten wood and throwing leaves aside looking for food (usually insects). They are very shy creatures and are rarely seen or photographed (at least by me) which is why I painted a likeness of one from some photographs I found in various ornithological books.

Ornithological Information from The Graham Pizzey & Frank Knight Field Guide to the Birds of Australia published by Angus & Robertson, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, Australia 1977.

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