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Alternative names: Chatham Robin; Chatham Islands Robin; not to confuse with Turdus infuscatus from Central America

Photo © by the late Rookery and Dr John MacLennan
Chatham Islands, New Zealand, November 2009
Petroica traversi


15 cm (6 in)

  • Black plumage
  • Short, slender black bill
  • Brownish-black feet with yellow-soles


Chatham Islands (Mangere Island and South East Island), New Zealand.

In 1980 there were only 5 left. The surivial of this species is due to a female which was named "Old Blue" [due to her leg ring] and all Chatham Island Robins alive are descended from her.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Scrub forest.



The diet includes insects, cockroaches, worms and crickets.


Monogamous. The clutch consists of 2 eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. ARKive

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