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Alternative names: Grey Robin; Grey Thicket-flycatcher

Subspecies cryptoleuca
Photo by mehdhalaouate
Arfak mountains, Vogelkop, Papua, Indonesia, September 2014
Peneothello cryptoleuca


14.5 cm.

  • Blue-grey crown
  • Sooty grey upperparts, black upperwing and tail
  • Pale slate-grey underparts
  • Small white patch on underwing
  • Dark brown eye
  • Black bill and legs
  • albidior with paler, more greyish-white belly
  • maxima is larger, has entirely whitish underparts and grey and white axillaries

Sexes similar. Juveniles undescribed.


Endemic to western New Guinea, Indonesia.
A poorly known restricted-range species.



Three subspecies recognized:

  • P. c. cryptoleuca in northwestern New Guinea (Tamrau and Arfak mountains)
  • P. c. albidior in Weyland, Gauttier and Nassau mountains, New Guinea
  • P. c. maxima in western New Guinea (Kumawa Mountains)

Forms a superspecies with Blue-grey Robin.


Moist montanes., thickets and forest edge.
Occurs at 1400 to 2500 m.
Where Blue-grey Robin occurs too, the two species have exclusive altitudinal ranges, Smoky Robin occupying higher levels.



Feeds on insects. Forages in the undergrowth near the ground.


Juveniles with adults seen in January and February. No other information.


Presumably a sedentary species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422

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