French: Psophode à tête noire German: Schwarzschopf-Wippflöter Spanish: Zordala crestada oriental
New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
P. o. lateralis
North, 1897 – NE Queensland (Cairns and Atherton Tableland region), in NE Australia.
P. o. olivaceus
(Latham, 1801) – CE Queensland (from Clarke Range) S to SE Victoria.
25–30 cm; male 60–75 g, female 48–64 g. Nominate race has head and triangular erectile crest black, grading to olive-brown on nape; broad white patch from... read more
Song, given at relatively constant rate throughout year, most often in early morning, then... read more
Dense undergrowth in rainforest, wet eucalypt (Eucalyptus) forest and riverine vegetation... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and other small invertebrates, i.e. spiders (Araneae) and millipedes (Diplopoda); rarely, small lizards and frogs; also seeds,... read more
Season Jul–Nov in NE Queensland, Jul–Feb (peak Sept–Oct) and fledglings until Mar in New South Wales, and Sept–Oct... read more
Mainly sedentary, although juveniles disperse from natal area; all recaptured marked individuals... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout range. Adversely affected locally by clearance; recorded as returning to logged areas c. 5 years after logging. More abundant in... read more
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