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Peneoenanthe pulverulenta

Eopsaltria pulverulenta


A small grey and white robin with a darker eyestripe and black T-shape on the tail with white flanks. The four different races have slightly different greys on the back and crown. They are silent in flight, but have a range of calls: a two-note whistle; hard 'chuk' or 'chit'; falling 'pee-pee-peer'. 14-16 cm.


Clements recognises the following subspecies [1]:

  • E. p. pulverulenta: Coastal lowlands of New Guinea
  • E. p. leucura: Aru Islands and coastal north Queensland
  • E. p. cinereiceps: Coastal Western Australia (North West Cape to Cambridge Gulf)
  • E. p. alligator: Coastal Northern Territory (Arnhem Land, Melville Island, Groote Eylandt)


Placed in genus Eopsaltria by some authorities.


Tropical mangrove forests


Mangrove Robins are often seen in small family groups and tend to stay low or on the ground among the mangrove roots. They are not particularly shy, but usually stay in shadow. The nest is a grass-lined cup in the fork of a mangrove with two pale green spotted eggs.


Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

  1. "Birds of Australia, 7th Edition", K. Simpson and N. Day, A&C Black, 2007, ISBN 978-0-7136-6982-4
  2. "The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, 2nd Edition", P. Slater, P. Slater and R. Slater, Reed New Holland, 2009, ISBN 9781977069635

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