Order Passeriformes

Family Petroicidae

Australasian Robins
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  • Small, rather stocky passerines with large rounded head and rather big eyes, short to moderately long, straight, thin bill with upper mandible hooked to varying degree, some with broader, flatter bill, most species with moderately long and slender legs, rounded to slightly pointed wings, short to moderately long tail, a few with very short or very long tail; plumage generally olive, grey, brown or black above, often with pale wingbar, and frequently more colourful below, some species black, grey and white, a few taxa all black.
  • New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand, marginally to west-central Pacific.
  • Most wooded areas, ranging from arid zones to rainforest.
  • 10-22 cm.
  • 20 genera, 53 species, 133 taxa.
  • 3 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Boles, W. (2019). Australasian Robins (Petroicidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52326 on 11 December 2019).