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Olive Whistler - BirdForum Opus

Photo by ChrisCharles
Thredbo Australian Alps, February 2007

Alternative names: Olivaceous Whistler; Olive Thickhead; Native Thrush; Whipbird

Pachycephala olivacea


17.5 - 21cm

  • Dark grey head
  • Olive-brown upperparts
  • Blackish-brown bill
  • White throat with broken grey barrings
  • Buff-brown underparts with grey wash on breast

Females are dller and have a more olive-brown head. Their throat lacks the barring. Juveniles are more rufous-brown.


Found in southeast Australia and Tasmania.
Scarce to uncommon and patchily distributed.

subspecies apatetes
Photo by Pearly_Shells
South Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia, March 2005


Five subspecies usually recognized:

Sometimes placed in genus Timixos.


Tall wet forest, woodland, rainforest and alpine heaths. In beech forests in the northern part of the range.


Feeds mainly on insects, occasionally on seeds, leaves and small fruits. It forages in trees and shrubs and on the ground. Breeding season from September to January. It builds nests of twigs and grass in low forks of shrubs. 2-3 eggs are laid. Mainly sedentary, some small movements are known.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422
  3. Simpson, K and N Day. 1998. Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. London: Christopher Helm. ISBN 0-7136-4877-5

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