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

Melanodryas vittata Another Tasmanian endemic, and one of four robins found there, 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. Feeds on invertebrates, which are typically pounced upon from...

Eastern Yellow Robin

Eopsaltria australis This medium-sized (15 to 17 cm) robin with grey back and head and yellow underparts, is usually first seen perched on the side of a tree trunk or other low perch, as it inquisitively inspects passers-by. The Eastern Yellow Robin will readily approach humans, often accepting handouts of food from picnickers. This tameness has made it a familiar bird with even the non-ornithologists....

Flame Robin

Petroica phoenicea The  orange-red breast and throat of the male of this aptly named species, and the grey back and white wing-bar, separate it from other robins. The female is largely warm grey-brown, however, the wing-bar is pale buff, and only the outer tail feathers are extensively white. Flame Robins pounce on prey from prominent lookouts in the open, returning to a perch to eat. The attractive ...

Jacky Winter

Microeca fascinans 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 M. flavigaster of tropical northern Australia is yellower below, lacks white in the tail and spends less time on the ground. From conspicuous perches within open woodland,...

Rose Robin

Petroica rosea The Rose Robin is an inhabitant of moist forests, where it feeds on insects, which are either pursued and caught in flight or gleaned from foliage. 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...