Family Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Least Concern

Buff-sided Robin (Poecilodryas cerviniventris)


French: Miro à flancs chamois German: Isabellflankenschnäpper Spanish: Petroica ventricanela

Petroica ? cerviniventris


, 1858,

Victoria River, north-western Australia


Formerly treated as conspecific with P. superciliosa. Monotypic.


NE Western Australia, N Northern Territory and extreme NW Queensland, in N Australia.

Descriptive notes

16–18 cm; male 20–25 g, female 15·5–20 g. Has broad white supercilium from base of bill to nape, sooty-brown stripe through lores, eye and over ear-... read more


Song 2–4 loud whistles.


Dense riparian vegetation, including pandanus and bamboo, paperbark (Melaleuca) swamps,... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates, mainly insects; some seeds. In study in monsoon forest, 30% of foraging on ground and remainder in outer foliage; of latter... read more


Season Oct–Mar; one or two broods. Solitary breeder; territorial. Nest built by female, a woven cup of rootlets, tendrils and bark... read more


Sedentary, or some small local movements.

Status and conservation

Not assessed. Generally common. Appears to be declining as a result of destruction and degradation of riparian vegetation by cattle and feral animals.

Recommended citation

Boles, W. (2018). Buff-sided Robin (Poecilodryas cerviniventris). 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 on 17 November 2018).