Australo-Papuan Robins

Petroicidae

Most of the 21 Australian species are endemic, although a few such as the Mangrove Robin Peneothello pulverulenta and Lemon-bellied Flycatcher Microeca flavigaster extend to New Guinea.  Some like the Eastern Yellow Robin Eopsaltria australis and Scarlet Robin Petroica boodang are common and confiding. The Tiwi Hooded Robin Melanodryas cucullata melvillensis is possibly extinct. Most are small, with rounded body and head, large eye, and slightly hooked upper mandible.

Dusky Robin

Dusky Robin

What does it look and sound like?  The Dusky Robin is dark olive-brown above and greyish below. It has an inconspicuous paler eyestripe and an indistinct greyish-white wingbar, which is partially concealed when at rest. Younger birds are heavily streaked and lack any white in the tail. Males are readily distinguished from other robins that share the same range, namely the Pink Robin Petroica rodinogaster ...
Eastern Yellow Robin

Eastern Yellow Robin

What does it look and sound like?  This is a medium-sized robin with grey back and head and yellow underparts. The superficially similar Pale Yellow Robin is comparatively smaller, has pale lores and lighter underparts.  The characteristic calls of this delightful bird are also easily recognised, an assortment of high bell-like piping, some harsh scolding notes, and a repeated “chop chop”. What are i...
Jacky Winter

Jacky Winter

What does it look and sound like?  Although somewhat drab, this flycatcher is an attractive bird, with plain brownish upperparts, pale underparts, a slight eyebrow and prominent white edges to the black tail. The Lemon-bellied Flycatcher Microeca flavigaster of tropical northern Australia is yellower below, lacks white in the tail and spends less time on the ground. The song of the Jacky Winter i...
Rose Robin

Rose Robin

  What does it look and sound like?  The plumage is pink below, grey above and with white sections on the outer tail feathers. The female is paler than the male and the young are brownish. The Pink Robin, which overlaps in range with the Rose Robin in the south, is darker above and has paler pink on the undersurface, which also extends to the lower belly. The call is a soft trill, rising in pitch an...