The Petroicidae family is an Australasian family with 49 members that includes Robins, Scrub-robins and Flycatchers. They are only distantly related to European robins and to the Asian flycatchers.
Robins are compact birds with short bills and feed on insects, sometimes supplemented with seeds. They are often seen perching on low branches and fence posts, feeding off the ground.
Photo: This male Hooded Robin wears a distinctive black hood, the female’s is brown-grey with more subdued colouring.The Hooded Robin (17 cm) can be seen across most of Australia. They forage from low perches for insects on the ground.