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Alternative names: Rock Robin; Rock Robin-Flycatcher; Snow Robin; Archbold's New Guinea Robin; Alpine Robin (not to be confused with Petroica bivittata)

Petroica archboldi


14 cm.

  • Dark slate crown and hindneck with reddish-pink tinge
  • Slate-grey side of head
  • Small white forehead patch
  • Dark slate-grey upperparts, slightly paler rump
  • Black upperwing, white stripe on underwing
  • Black tail with narrow white sides
  • Slate-coloured chin and throat, tinged with reddish-pink
  • Slate breast with bright red spot in centre
  • Greyish flanks
  • Greyish-white belly, white undertail-coverts

Females are slightly smaller and paler.
Immatures are tinged brownish and lack the red breast patch.


Very local on Mount Wilhelmina and Mount Carstenz in central New Guinea.
A seldom seen restricted-range species, however the small range is very difficult to visit.


This is a monotypic species.


Found on bare rock slopes and cliffs, among boulders on talus slopes and in valleys among rocky tundra or alpine heaths.
Occurs above c. 3850 m.



Feeds on insects.
A terrestrial species, foraging among rocks. Often sits on rock while scanning area, pounces on prey and returns to perch.


Adult feeding fledgling recorded in September, singing recorded in December to February. No other information.


A sedentary species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrived April 2014)

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