Family Whipbirds and Wedgebills (Psophodidae)

Least Concern

Chiming Wedgebill (Psophodes occidentalis)


French: Psophode carillonneur German: Glockenflöter Spanish: Zordala picocuña occidental

Sphenostoma cristatum occidentale


, 1912,

Day Dawn, Western Australia, Australia


Sister to P. cristatus, and these two are sister to P. olivaceus, based on recent phylogenetic study#R. Formerly considered conspecific with P. cristatus (which see). Monotypic.


CW Western Australia E through S Northern Territory to extreme W Queensland and NW & C South Australia.

Descriptive notes

19·5–22 cm; male 38–45 g, female 30–36 g. Has conspicuous forward-curving crest dark grey-brown, often with black tip; otherwise fairly dark grey-... read more


Song, given monotonously, may start in early morning and continue into dark of night, ventriloquial... read more


Arid scrublands, particularly with acacia (especially Acacia aneura), broombush, mallee... read more

Food and feeding

Very little known. Diet probably consists of insects and seeds; observed to feed on ground.


Season Jan–Mar and Jul–Sept. Nest a flattened cup of small sticks and grass, lined with grass, placed 0·5–3 m from... read more


Probably sedentary in much of range; no large-scale movements recorded, but possibly some local... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common in W of range near coast; decreases in abundance towards E, and patchily distributed in C South Australia and S Northern Territory. Decline... read more

Recommended citation

Boles, W. (2019). Chiming Wedgebill (Psophodes occidentalis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 April 2019).