The Olive Whistler (Pachycephala olivacea), also known as the Olivaceous Whistler, is native to southeastern Australia. A melodious bird with a powerful song that carries over long distances, they are a shy bird which often makes them difficult to see.

The Olive Whistlers usually found in moist forests and gullies with overgrown thickets. They usually nest in dense foliage and undergrowth of shrubs and small trees, building large, deep cup-shaped nests of twigs and strips of bark.

They have been sighted in far south east Queensland, through New South Wales and into Victoria and south-eastern South Australia, Flinders Island, King Island and Tasmania.

Olive Whistler (Pachycephala olivacea)
Olive Whistler (Pachycephala olivacea), Otways, VIC
Olive Whistler (Pachycephala olivacea)
Olive Whistler (Pachycephala olivacea)
Olive Whistler (Pachycephala olivacea)
Olive Whistler (Pachycephala olivacea)

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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Pachycephalidae
  • Genus: Pachycephala
  • Species: P. olivacea
  • Binomial name: Pachycephala olivacea