Scarlet Robin

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Scarlet Robin

Petroica boodang


Breeds from August-January in heavier forest. An untidy cup nest is built in the fork of a tree, tree cavity or horizontal branch up to 16 m in height.


Details Description
Type
Bird
Group
Robin
Former Scientific Name
Petroica multicolor
Identifying Characteristics

The male has black upperparts, face and throat with a large white mark above the bill, a prominent white wing mark and edges to the tail, with a scarlet to orange red breast with white underparts. The female has grey brown upperparts with a large white mark above the bill, buff-white wing bars and a pale pink or red wash on the breast. Immatures resemble the female without the red breast. Size 12-14 cm.

Distinctive Markings

The male is black with a black throat and prominent white mark above the bill and through the wing. The scarlet breast extends from below the throat.

Diet

Carnivore, invertebrates.

Habitat

Foothill forests and woodlands in spring and summer. More open habitats including parks and gardens in autumn-winter.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Sounds
A shrill musical trill "tirrrit-tirrrit-tirrrit, tirrrit-tirrrit-tirrrit" with a quiet "tik" contact call.
Taxonomy
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Petroicidae
Genus
Petroica
Species
boodang
South-eastern Australia, Tasmania, south-west Western Australia. Also Norfolk Island, Solomon Island and Fiji-Samoa.

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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