|Scarlet Robin Petroica boodang
(formerly Petroica multicolor)
In 1999, Schodde & Mason in their Directory of Australian Birds split the Scarlet Robin into Pacific Robin P. multicolor distributed in various Pacific islands and Scarlet Robin P. boodang with 3 sub-species distributed in Tasmania, south-eastern Australia and south-western Australia. Photos 1 to 5 were taken in Tasmania so are of the sub-species P. boodang leggii while photos 6 to 8 are from Western Australia and are of the sub-species P. b. campbelli.
|The Scarlet Robin is generally found in forest and woodland but can be in more open areas especially in winter.
The male is black above with a scarlet breast and whitish belly. The head is black with a large white patch on the forecrown and the black extends to cover the throat and upper breast.
|Photo 4 shows a sub-adult male while photos 5 and 8 show females. She has a paler red on the breast and brownish upperparts. Note the buffy "broken arrow" wing-mark and the white forecrown patch.|
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