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Fuel reduction burns to protect remote World Heritage Wilderness


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Southwest ecological burns important for orange-bellied parrot conservation


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Upgraded Julius River bridges improve visitor access


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Dusky Robin, Melanodryas vittata

Dusky Robin
Dusky Robin
(Photo by Dave Watts)


The endemic Dusky Robin is dark olive-brown above and a lighter grey-white below. The wing  has a narrow white shoulder.

Juveniles have grey plumage flecked with white.


The Dusky Robin occurs in open eucalypt forest, woodland and coastal heath throughout Tasmania. A subspecies of this bird is confined to King Island.

It can often be seen sitting on stumps and fence posts; indeed, this practice earned the bird the name "stump robin" by early settlers.


The Dusky Robin drops silently from its perch to the ground to catch insects.


It breeds in early spring, laying 3-4 spotted, pale green eggs. The nest is cup-shaped, lined with bark and grass.


Its call is an undulating "pre-pree".
Distribution Map courtesy Natural Values Atlas, data from theLIST
© 2010 State of Tasmania


Found only in Tasmania, the Dusky Robin occurs in suitable habitat throughout the island.