A thick head but a beautiful tune Western Whistler

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The male Western Whistler is noticeable by its bright plumage; however it is the beautiful whistled song that draws attention to both male and female. This species is one of Australia’s loudest and most beautiful song birds. Its voice is strong, musical and varied, one of its songs include a ‘we-we-we-tu-whit’, with the last note being stronger and abrupt with a rising ‘seep’.

Breeding season runs from September to January, where both male and female share nest building duties. The nest is a shallow bowl, made of twigs, grass and bark, bound together with spider web and lined with finer grass. The nest usually is high in a bush or tree up to 6m from the ground and placed in the fork of branches.

The Whistler is mostly a solitary feeder, picking food from lower or middle tree level leaves and bark.

Where you can find a Western Whistler

Conservation Status

Not listed under IUCN (2016). All Rottnest Island’s fauna is protected under the Rottnest Island Authority Act.
  • Extinct
  • Extinct in Wild
  • Critically Endangered
  • Endangered
  • Vulnerable
  • Near Threatened
  • Least Concerned

Help keep Rottnest healthy

  • Do ride carefully on the Island
  • Do keep to designated tracks
  • Do enjoy watching them on their own terms