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Overland trek guide for young adventurers

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Dusky Robin, Melanodryas vittata

Dusky Robin
Dusky Robin
(Photo by Dave Watts)

Description

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.

Habitat

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.

Diet

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

Breeding

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

Call

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

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