Whistlers & Shrike-thrush

Family Pachycephalidae

Whistlers and shrike-thrushes are widespread across Australia and New Guinea, and even appear in New Zealand and islands of the South Pacific. The species around Canberra are birds of woodland and open forest. They sedately forage for insects in tree canopies, hopping quietly from branch to branch. Most of these birds have an attractive melodious song. Members of this family that have been infrequently recorded in the Garden Bird Survey include the Crested Shrike-tit (12) and the Olive Whistler (1).