Thursday, July 4, 2013


The bird family Petroicidae includes roughly 45 species in about 15 genera. All are endemic to Australasia: Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and numerous Pacific Islands as far east as Samoa. For want of an accurate common name, the family is often called the "Australasian robins".  Within the family the species are known not only as robins but as scrub-robins and flycatchers.  They are, however, only distantly related to the Old World family Muscicapidae (to which other species with such names belong) and the Monarch Flycatchers (Monarchidae).  I have included pictures of some of the various types of robin down under:

                                                               Eastern Yellow Robin
                                                              Western Yellow Robin

                                                                 White-breasted Robin
                                                                      Dusky Robin
                                                                     Hooded Robin

                                                                  Jacky Winter Robin

                                                                  Pale Yellow Robin                                                            

                                                                White-browed Robin                                                      

                                                                       Scarlet Robin                                    

                                                                         Rose Robin                                          

                                                                      Pink Robin

                                                                   Mangrove Robin
                                                                      Flame Robin
                                                      Lemon-bellied Robin (flycatcher)
                                                                  Red-capped Robin


  1. Isn't it amazing!!! I carefully centred all the names of the robins under he pics but the powers that be decided to offset them. Never mind, you can still see what the different birds are.

  2. The dusky robin looks very much like a baby bird that was guided into my shadehouse once by his mother and left on a branch while she went off looking for food. He was there for several hours and I began to worry, but the mother must have come back for him because he was gone by dusk. He wasn't a robin though, too big, he would have filled the palm of my hand. I've enjoyed these last two posts as I like robins a lot.

  3. So glad the baby was looked after by his mum. Could it have been a baby honeyeater perhaps. They often don't show colours when very young.
    I'm so glad you've enjoyed the robins. I have always thought how beautiful they are and cheeky little chaps as well.

  4. What an amazing variety of robins. I wouldn't have recognized one of them.

  5. Simply gorgeous. The range of colours that birds display always fascinates me. I have never seen one - but the pink robin is very special isn't it? Though mind you, they all are.
    Thank you. Lots.

  6. Oh Mimsie I had no idea how many species of Robins there were I of course think the Pink one is my favourite. Thank you for sharing. Hug B