Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology
(Psophodidae; Ϯ Eastern Whipbird P. olivaceus) Gr. ψοφωδης psophōdēs noisy, full of sound < ψοφος psophos noise; "Genus. PSOPHODES*. ... *ψοφος crepitus. ... This form offers one of the greatest difficulties to the investigator of affinities. The birds that exhibit it are said to be Honey-Eaters. This we much doubt. ... Their general appearance indicates much of the Shrike. ... 1. CREPITANS. ... Muscicapa crepitans. Lath. Ind. Orn. Supp. p. li. no. 10. Coach-whip Honey-Eater. Id. Gen. Hist. iv. p. 187. no. 43. Mr Caley informs us that "this bird is more often heard than seen. It inhabits brushes. The loud cracking whip-like noise it makes (from whence the colonists give it the name of Coach-whip) may be heard from a great distance."" (Vigors & Horsfield 1827).
Var. Psofodes, Phosphodes.
Synon. Phodopses, Sphenostoma.