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Rose robin, Female

Petroica rosea


Female:- The upper parts are brownish grey. Forehead spot is buff-white. Wings are tinged browner with two broken buff-white bars throughfliight feathers; tail dark brown with whitish outershafts. Underside is pale grey; breast sometimes flushed rose-pink, belly and undertail whiter. Eye, bill and feet, as male.


Breeds in wet mountain and coastal forests of Southeastern Australia, north to Macpherson Range, Queensland and south to Southwestern Victoria. Out-of-breeding migration to Clarke Range, Queensland and the Mt. Lofty - Flinders Ranges, South Australia. Amongst Hickory Wattle; Winter Apple and Native Mint, at the Kokoda Track, Kingaroy, is where I sighted this Rose Robin.


They have a series of low, weak, piping notes, or a dry ticking, like the snapping of a small twig, by both sexes; chirring in alarm. Song is a low, reedy series of trills, on same pitch; reee-areee-areee, by male. This female was a little more inquisitive than her mate. Reference:- Reader's Digest Complete Book of Australian Birds. Photos have been edited.

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Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Aug 8, 2019
Submitted on May 30, 2020

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