(Petroicidae; Ϯ Hooded Robin M. cucullata) Gr. μελας melas, μελανος  melanos  black; δρυας druas, δρυαδος druados  dryad, tree-nymph  < δρυς drus, δρυος druos  oak-tree; "Genus MELANODRYAS, Gould.   For the Pied Robins, of which at least two species inhabit Australia, I propose the generic term of Melanodryas.  Sp. 168.  MELANODRYAS CUCULLATA.  HOODED ROBIN.  ...  The Melanodryas cucullata inhabits New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, and Swan River, but not Tasmania. It loves to dwell in the open parts of the country rather than in the thick brushes. I have always found it most numerous on such flats as were studded here and there with large trees, among the lower branches of which, as well as on the ground immediately beneath them, it might be observed darting about for insects in the most bold and active manner; the jet-black colouring of its upper surface, contrasted with the whiteness of the other parts, rendering it very conspicuous, particularly when its wings and tail are displayed to their full extent." (Gould 1865).
Synon. Amaurodryas.

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 10 December 2018).