Family Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Least Concern

Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis)


French: Miro à poitrine jaune German: Goldbauchschnäpper Spanish: Petroica amarilla

Motacilla Australis


, 1790,

New South Wales, Australia


N race chrysorrhos has in the past been considered a separate species. Geographical variation rather complex, and up to six races have been recognized on basis of differences in rump and abdomen colours and bill length, but this variation somewhat clinal. Proposed race magnirostris (NE Queensland) merged with chrysorrhos, and viridior (SE South Australia and Victoria) with nominate; coomooboolaroo (SC Queensland) and austina (interior of N & C New South Wales) considered to be intergrades between nominate and chrysorrhos. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. a. chrysorrhos Gould, 1869 – E Australia from NE Queensland (E of Great Dividing Range) S to NE New South Wales.
  • E. a. australis (Shaw, 1790) – E Queensland (along W side of Great Dividing Range), E half of New South Wales (except NE corner), SE South Australia and S & E Victoria.
  • Descriptive notes

    13·5–17 cm; male 18–28g, female 15–24 g. Nominate race has head and neck grey, very faint off-white supercilium, lores sooty black, ear-coverts... read more


    Song consists of repeated, evenly pitched piping notes. Call a loud whistled “tchop tchop... read more


    Rainforest, wet and dry eucalypt (Eucalyptus) forest and woodland, riparian scrub, mallee... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, spiders (Araneae) and other small arthropods. Takes prey mainly from ground, scanning and pouncing from low perch (usually 1... read more


    Season Jul–Jan, occasionally as early as Jun; up to 3 broods. Monogamous; c. 25% of pairs have one or two (possibly more) helpers,... read more


    Generally considered sedentary, although evidence of some seasonal movements, the nature of which... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common. Has probably extended its range N along The Coorong (SE South Australia) in recent years.

    Recommended citation

    Boles, W. (2019). Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis). 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 November 2019).