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 song has been interpreted as “you may come if you wish to the sea”. In summer they occur in forests and woodlands to 1800m, dispersing in winter to woodlands and grasslands at lower altitudes.