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Photo © by aladyforty
Porongerups, Western Australia, 2005
Petroica boodang


Length 12-14 cm (4.75-5.5 in)

  • Black head, neck and upper parts
  • White patch above bill
  • Scarlet breast
  • White underparts
  • White bars on wings
  • White outer tail feathers
Photo © by davesmith
Yanchep National Park, Western Australia, March 2007


  • Brown upper parts
  • Whitish frontal patch
  • Orange-red breast
  • Brown wings
  • White under parts

Young birds similar to females

  • Streaked white upper parts
  • Buffish tinge on the wings
  • Mottled dark brown on the breast and sides of the body

Similar Species

Juvenile, subspecies P. b. leggi
Photo © by Ken Doy
Bay of Fires, Tasmania, 30 January 2023

Similar in morph and markings to all the other members of its genus.


South-western and south-eastern Australia and Tasmania.


The Scarlet Robin has been split into the current species, Pacific Robin (Petroica pusilla) and Norfolk Robin (P. multicolor).


Three subspecies recognized[1]:


Open forest and woodland.



Their main diet consists mostly of insects.


The open cup nest is built by the female from bark, grass and twigs; all bound together with spider's web. It is lined with soft downy material and camouflaged with moss and lichen. The male feeds the female while she is incubating. Both adults feed the chicks.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Birds in Backyards

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