The Golden Whistler is found from northern Queensland, around coastal eastern and southern Australia, including Tasmania, to the middle of Western Australia in almost any wooded habitat including rainforest. They feed on insects, spiders other small arthropods and berries.
The Rufous Whistler is found throughout mainland Australia, in forests, shrublands, as well as in in gardens and in remnant bushland patches.
The Rufous Whistler mainly eats insects, and sometimes seeds, fruit or leaves. It usually forages at higher levels than other whistlers, and rarely is seen on the ground.