Reverse call of whipbird

To: "'Denis Wilson'" <>
Subject: Reverse call of whipbird
From: "Peter Ormay" <>
Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:55:00 +1100

Hi Dennis,


My friend thought it was the female who made her call first and the male responded with the whip crack. Sorry I can’t be any clearer than that.





From: Denis Wilson [
Sent: Tuesday, 21 January 2014 3:39 PM
To: Peter Ormay; COG bird discussions
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Reverse call of whipbird


Hi Peter.

I live with Whipbirds around my house (in Robertson).

I am puzzled by what you mean a "reverse call".
Can you pls explain a little bit more.

There is a degree of variation, and sometimes the long drawn out "eeee" part of the call is dropped off, and they just do the whip crack. 
Then the female will usually respond.

On rare occasions, the female calls, presumably to check what her bloke up to. But I have never heard a female call, being responded to by the "eeeee chop" call (which to me would be a full "reverse call").

Incidentally, in my local area, the female response is normally 3 calls, not the standard two which seems normal in Canberra and the Brindabellas.

As I have been typing this, I have heard a Whipbird outside calling.
Several times he gave the full "eeeee chop" call and some times just the "chop" call.

His female partner has failed to do the answering call, so he is presumably getting anxious now.





Denis Wilson

Some things in the universe are greater and deeper
than human intelligence.
It is the Power of Nature which bewilders us.

"The Nature of Robertson"


On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 2:09 PM, Peter Ormay <m("","peterormay");" target="_blank">> wrote:

A friend reported reverse calls of Whipbirds along Guthega Ck to Whites River Hut upstream from Horse Camp but downstream from Whites recently (early Jan.). I didn’t realize that they did reverse calls. I checked in HANZAB and sure enough it has been recorded from several locations.


Has anybody heard reverse calls of Whipbirds in COG’s area of interest?





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