Scarlet Robin (species: Petroica (Petroica) boodang) in Mares Forest NP (Gaia Guide)
Petroica (Petroica) boodang
Scarlet Robin

©Leo: Male Scarlet Robin (Petroica (Petroica) boodang)

©David Cook: Female Scarlet Robin (Petroica (Petroica) boodang)

©Arthur Chapman: Juvenile Scarlet Robin (Petroica (Petroica) boodang)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Petroicidae
Genus Petroica
Species Petroica (Petroica) boodang



Distinguishing features

The plumage is sexually dimorphic. The males have black heads, backs and tails, black and white wings, a red breast and white belly, forehead and rump. The female matches the male in pattern but is duller, with brown plumage instead of black, a much more washed out red on the breast and a buff belly. Juvenile birds resemble the female without the reddish wash on the breast. (Wikipedia)


  • From 12 cm to 13.5 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

The Scarlet Robin is endemic to Australia, where it is found near the coast from southern Queensland to central South Australia, Tasmania and south west Western Australia. The species is mostly sedentary over most of its range, but some mainland populations undergo small local movements in the autumn and winter, either to more open habitats or lower elevations.

The Scarlet Robin is most commonly found in eucalyptus woodland and forest from sea level to 1000 m, particularly the more open habitats with grassy and shrubby understories. During the winter more open environments, including urban habitats, are frequented (Wikipedia)


It feeds on arthropods such as insects and spiders. It adjusts its foraging behaviour seasonally, feeding mostly on the ground during the winter, but during the summer and spring prey is more commonly snatched from bark and foliage. (Wikipedia)

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