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Male
Photo © by Neil
Sydney, Australia, April 2004

Alternative name: Rose Robin-Flycatcher

Petroica rosea

Identification

Female
Photo © by Hans&Judy Beste
Toowoomba Shire, Queensland, June 2018

Length 10-12cm (4.0-4.75in). This is the smallest of the Petroica robins.
Male: Gray back and head with short, thin slightly curved bill and a small white dot on the forehead. The deep rose-pink on the chest, not extending to the belly, is the most diagnostic field mark.
Female: may have a slightly pink-tinted breast, but is overall brown and buff.

Similar Species

Similar in morph and markings to all the other members of its genus, but P. rosea has gray (instead of red) upperparts, and the rose color (instead of pink or scarlet) does not extend behind the chest.

Distribution

South-east and east Australia (north-eastern New South Wales to south-western Victoria) including Tasmania, but not extending to northern Queensland.

Taxonomy

Immature male
Photo © by Tom Tarrant
Samsonvale, south-eastern Queensland, June 2005

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Wet rainforests and eucalypt forests, often with acacia.

Behaviour

Diet

Forages actively for insects in the upper and middle stories of the forest, which it may catch in flight; behaviour much like a flycatcher.

References

  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2015)

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