Flame Robin

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Flame Robin

Petroica phoenicea


Breeds from August-January in the high country, migrating south in autumn and winter. A bulky cup nest is built in a tree cavity or fork of a tree up to 20 m high.


Details Description
Type
Bird
Group
Robin
Identifying Characteristics

The male has dark grey upperparts and face with a white mark above the bill, white wing marks and white outer tail feathers. The underparts and throat are a brilliant flame colour. The female and young have pale brown upperparts and face with a white mark above the bill, a white-buff wing mark and a buff-brown breast. Some immature have a yellow-orange wash on the breast. Size: 12.5-14 cm.

Distinctive Markings

The male is dark grey with a brilliant flame breast and throat, prominent white mark above the bill, white wing marks and white outer tail feathers.

Diet

Carnivore, invertebrates.

Habitat

Frequents a range of habitats in different seasons. In summer tends to be found in forests and woodlands up to 1800 m. In autumn-winter may be found in flocks in open woodlands, grasslands, paddocks and parks.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Sounds
A high pitched trill "chrip-a-chip, crip-a-chip, chirripa-tirrrrip". Also a slower "whit, whit, whit -" and a harsh scolding call.
Taxonomy
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Petroicidae
Genus
Petroica
Species
phoenicea
South-eastern Australia, northern New South Wales and Tasmania.

Distribution maps indicate current and historic locations where species have been sighted.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Conservation Status
DEPI Advisory List
Not listed
FFG Act
Not listed
EPBC Act
Not listed

The conservation status of species is listed within Victoria and Australia.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) Advisory List consists of non-statutory advisory lists of rare or threatened flora and fauna within Victoria.

The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) lists threatened species in Victoria. Under the Act, an Action Statement is produced for each listed species.

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation, listing nationally threatened native species and ecological communities.

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