Category Archives: Whipbird

Eastern Whipbird calling

Eastern Whipbirds are usually difficult to spot. They move fast, and somehow they always manage to put a bush between you and them, or to position the sun behind them to blind you. So I was delighted to catch this video of an Eastern Whipbird making his weird call. The sound is a long drawn-out whistle, followed by a mini explosion a bit like the crack of a whip. Hence the bird’s name!

Common name: Eastern Whipbird

Scientific name: Psophodes olivaceus

Approximate length: 30 cm

Date spotted: 23 November 2013

Season: Early summer

Location: Manly Dam Reserve, New South Wales, Australia

Latitude/longitude: -33.776508,151.254956