Family Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Least Concern

Dusky Robin (Melanodryas vittata)


French: Miro de Tasmanie German: Tasmanschnäpper Spanish: Petroica de Tasmania

Muscicapa vittata

Quoy and Gaimard

, 1830,

Tasmania, Australia


Usually regarded as Tasmanian vicariant of mainland M. cucullata. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. v. kingi (Mathews, 1914) – King I, in W Bass Strait (between Tasmania and mainland Australia).
  • M. v. vittata (Quoy & Gaimard, 1830) – Flinders I (in E Bass Strait) and Tasmania.
  • Descriptive notes

    16–16·5 cm; 25–31 g. Nominate race has crown to neck side and hindneck dark brown, creamy supercilium from base of bill to rear of ear-coverts, narrow dark... read more


    Song is a far-carrying whistle, “cho-wee, choo-wee”; call consists of low mournful... read more


    Drier eucalypt (Eucalyptus) woodland. Favours ecotones, particularly forest margins,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, particularly insects; some seeds. Feeds on the ground, pouncing on prey from elevated perch such as fence post; occasionally... read more


    Season late Jul to late Dec; double-brooded. Helpers, often young of earlier broods, may assist at nest. Territorial when breeding. Nest... read more


    Mainly sedentary, but some local post-breeding movements to lower elevations or more open habitats... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common and widespread. Adjusts well to logging, and often recorded in modified habitats. Rapidly colonizes suitable areas after clearance or fires. read more

    Recommended citation

    Boles, W. (2018). Dusky Robin (Melanodryas vittata). 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 20 March 2018).