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Australian Robins

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.

The male Red-capped Robin (12 cm). Red-capped Robins inhabit most of the Australian continent south of the tropics. Feeds on insects and small invertebrates.

The male Red-capped Robin (12 cm). Red-capped Robins inhabit most of the Australian continent south of the tropics. Feeds on insects and small invertebrates.

This female Red-capped Robin shows its red cap and a hint of red chest colouring. It sits on a farm fence in the wheat-belt, watching for insects below.

This female Red-capped Robin shows its red cap and a hint of red chest colouring. It sits on a farm fence in the wheat-belt, watching for insects below.

This female Flame Robin (13 cm) also has a subdued appearance compared to the male with it’s flame red front. Found across Australia’s south-east.

This female Flame Robin (13 cm) also has a subdued appearance compared to the male with it’s flame red front. Found across Australia’s south-east.

The Rose Robin (13 cm) is found across south-east Australia. They feed on insects in the mid-canopy and occasionally on the ground. Again the female has more subdued colouration.

The Rose Robin (13 cm) is found across south-east Australia. They feed on insects in the mid-canopy and occasionally on the ground. Again the female has more subdued colouration.

Eastern Yellow Robins (16 cm) are friendly birds found in Australia’s eastern states. The male and female have similar colouring.

Eastern Yellow Robins (16 cm) are friendly birds found in Australia’s eastern states. The male and female have similar colouring.

The White-breasted Robin (16 cm) is related to the Yellow Robin. It is found in Australia’s far south-west corner, in forest and coastal scrublands.

The White-breasted Robin (16 cm) is related to the Yellow Robin. It is found in Australia’s far south-west corner, in forest and coastal scrublands.

The Lemon-bellied Flycatcher (or Flyrobin) (14 cm) is found in tropical woodlands across Australia’s far north. It is not a “true” flycatcher but does feed on insects in flight and down to ground level.

The Lemon-bellied Flycatcher (or Flyrobin) (14 cm) is found in tropical woodlands across Australia’s far north. It is not a “true” flycatcher but does feed on insects in flight and down to ground level.

The Jacky Winter (14 cm) is often seen on farm fences, ready to pounce on insects in the air or on the ground. Jacky Winters are found widely across Australia. No-one is sure as to how the Jacky Winter got its unusual name.

The Jacky Winter (14 cm) is often seen on farm fences, ready to pounce on insects in the air or on the ground. Jacky Winters are found widely across Australia. No-one is sure as to how the Jacky Winter got its unusual name.