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Scarlet Robin

(Petroica boodang)
Alternate name(s): "White-capped Robin", "Scarlet-breasted Robin", "Robin Redbreast*"
Aboriginal name(s): Race "campbelli": "kooba", "mendidi", "binibintj", "demclik", "koobadjit" (WA)

Size: 12-14 cm
Weight: 12-14 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Scarlet Robin at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "boodang"

ADULT

MALE

Note that the birds photographed in north-western inland NSW have much whiter flanks and vents than those from the southern parts of the continent, e.g. Kangaroo Island.

Frontal view of a male Scarlet Robin (photo courtesy of C. Kellenberg)
[Woods Reserve, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, NSW, February 2009]

Frontal view of a male Scarlet Robin - who can spot the near-perfect map of Australia? (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay South, East Gippsland, VIC, April 2015]

Near-lateral view of a male Scarlet Robin (photo courtesy of L. Scott)
[Tenterfield, NSW, April 2017]

Near-lateral view of a male Scarlet Robin (photo courtesy of L. Scott)
[Tenterfield, NSW, April 2017]

Near-lateral view of a male Scarlet Robin (photo courtesy of L. Scott)
[Tenterfield, NSW, April 2017]

Lateral view of a male Scarlet Robin (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cape Borda, Kangaroo Island, SA, March 2016]

Lateral view of a male Scarlet Robin (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cape Borda, Kangaroo Island, SA, March 2016]

Dorsal view of a male Scarlet Robin (photo courtesy of L. Scott)
[Tenterfield, NSW, April 2017]

FEMALE

Note how much more charcoal-grey the head and back of the females shown here - especially the ones from Kangaroo Island - are compared to depictions in many field guides.

Near-lateral view of a female Scarlet Robin (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cape Borda, Kangaroo Island, SA, March 2016]

Lateral view of a female Scarlet Robin (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cape Borda, Kangaroo Island, SA, March 2016]

Lateral view of a female Scarlet Robin (photo courtesy of L. Scott)
[Tenterfield, NSW, April 2017]

Dorsal view of a female Scarlet Robin (photo courtesy of L. Scott)
[Tenterfield, NSW, April 2017]

Male Scarlet Robin, right, and female, left, singing (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Near Alpine, East Gippsland, VIC, February 2014]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of an immature male Scarlet Robin moulting into adult plumage (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Mt. Cope, Falls Creek, East Gippsland, VIC, February 2017]

Lateral view of an immature female Scarlet Robin (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Mt. Cope, Falls Creek, East Gippsland, VIC, February 2017]

Race "campbelli"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Scarlet Robin (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Manjimup, WA, March 2015]

Near-lateral view of a male Scarlet Robin (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Dryandra Woodland, WA, August 2015]

Near-dorsal view of a male Scarlet Robin (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Manjimup, WA, March 2015]

Race "leggii"

ADULT

MALE

Near-frontal view of a male Scarlet Robin (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Bruny Island, TAS, March 2016]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial Mobility: Partly migratory Elementary unit: Pair

Food, Diet

Adults: Small insects Dependents: As adults Water intake: Daily

Like all other robins (all families), Scarlet Robins are flycatchers. Most robins hunt for insects from low to mid-level perches.

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