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Three Capes Track update


Tasmania's national parks remain open and accessible to all Tasmanians.More

Bookings open for Three Capes Track


Tasmania's newest exciting tourism venture, the Three Capes Track, officially opens for bookings today with visitors set to enjoy the world class attraction in time for Christmas.More

Strong demand for Overland Track bookings


The popularity of the iconic Overland Track continues to grow with a big increase in the number of bookings for the next walking season compared to last year.More

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.