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Photo by lima
Swanpool, Victoria, Australia, June 2005
Petroica phoenicea

Identification

Length 13-14cm (5.0- 5.5-in).
Male: Gray back and head with short, thin slightly curved bill and a large white spot on the forehead. Flame-red chest and belly is the most diagnostic field mark. White bars show on folded wings.
Female: Uniform brown and buff.

Similar Species

Similar in morph and markings to all the other members of its genus, but P. rosea has dark gray (instead of black) upperparts which distinguishes in from the Scarlet Robin or Red-capped Robin, both of which have red chests. Females are difficult to distinguish. This is the largest of the Petroica robins.

Female
Photo by Nora
Melbourne, Victoria, April 2006

Distribution

South-east Australia, (north-eastern New South Wales to south-western Victoria) and Tasmania.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

In summer will be found in gum forests and woodland from sea level to c. 1800 feet. In winter, moves to more open woodlands, agricultural areas golf courses, etc.

Behaviour

Juvenile
Photo by Nora
Mount Macedon, Victoria, December 2008

Takes insects on ground, or in flight in mid-story of forest.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BF Member observations

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