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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Whipbirds and Wedgebills

Scientific system: Clements et al.

Familia: Psophodidae

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The family of Whipbirds and Wedgebills is endemic to Australia and New Guinea. The body length is 16.5 cm to 30 cm. The wings are short and the long tail is graduated. All species are crested. The sexes look similar. Whipbirds and Wedgebills live in habitats that range from tropical rainforests to arid scrubland. They feed mainly on invertebrates and occasionally on seeds and fruits that they forage on the ground. Whipbirds and Wedgebills live monogamous. The nest is cup-shaped and made of plant material, the clutch usually contains one or two eggs. The breeding season lasts 2 to 3 weeks. Both parents provide the chick with food, the nestlings leave the nest after another 10 to 12 days. After fledging, feeding is continued for two months.

Androphobus

     viridis - Papuan Whipbird

Psophodes

     olivaceus - Eastern Whipbird (5)
     nigrogularis - Western Whipbird (2)
     occidentalis - Chiming Wedgebill (1)
     cristatus - Chirruping Wedgebill (2)

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