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 an elevated perch. The other robins in Tasmania are the Pink Robin Petroica rodinogaster, Flame Robin Petroica phoenicea and Scarlet Robin P. multicolor, the females or juveniles of these may be confused with the Dusky Robin, but have more conspicuous wingbars.