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Pink robin, Petroica rodinogaster

Description

The Pink Robin is a small, dark bird, to 130mm and is easily over-looked, being quieter than other robins. The male has a sooty black throat and upperparts. The breast and much of the belly are deep lilac-pink, and there is a small white patch on the forehead. 

Females are olive-brown above, with pale brown buff underparts with a pinkish tint.

Habitat

Unlike other Tasmanian robins, Pink Robins are a resident of rainforest. They also occur in wet forests, particularly along watercourses, and in coastal tea-tree scrub.  Birds are more obvious in the winter, when they move to more open and drier habitats.

Diet

The Pink Robin feeds singularly or in pairs, darting out from a perch to snatch at insects, then returning to another perch. It usually takes prey on the ground or from low bushes.

Breeding

Distribution Map courtesy Natural Values Atlas, data from theLIST
© 2010 State of Tasmania

Breeding occurs from October to January. The nest is a deep cup of green moss and bark strips bound with spiders web, decorated with lichen and lined with fine soft grass, fern or fur. The nest is placed in the fork of a tree or shrub amongst dense undergrowth. The female incubates the three to four eggs while the male feeds her.

Call

The male's call is a soft warble.

Distribution

Found in suitable habitat throughout Tasmania, although nowhere are they common.