|The Eastern Yellow Robin's melodious - though admittedly somewhat persistent - piping is|
often the first call heard, pre-dawn, when camping in eastern forests.
|White-breasted Robin, Porongorup National Park.|
Poor, distant photo, sorry.
|A very wet Western Yellow Robin, Stirling Ranges National Park.|
|Lemon-bellied Flycatchers Microeca flavigaster, Darwin. |
The sweet up-beat call is a familiar one in the north, and through New Guinea (where the name flyrobin is often used;
indeed it is starting to be introduced in Australia too) to Indonesia.
|Jacky Winter, Mathoura, New South Wales River Murray.|
The white-edged black tail is diagnostic.
Probably the most widespread robin of all is the black and white Hooded Robin Melanodryas cucullata, a far cry indeed from the redbreast of Britain for which the group was bestowed its name. It is found right across Australia except for the deepest deserts; only the male is so handsomely pied, with females and youngsters being more muted in tone.
|Hooded Robins, male (Mathoura) above,|
female (Eulo Bore, south-west Queensland) below.
|Mangrove Robin, Darwin.|
The pensively melancholy double whistle carries through the mangroves and can be
infuriatingly difficult to track down.
|White-browed Robin pair, Cromarty, south of Townsville.|
|Buff-sided Robin, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP, north-west Queensland.|
|Grey-headed Robin, Mount Hypipamee, Atherton Tableland.|