Family Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Least Concern

Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans)


French: Miro enchanteur German: Weißschwanzschnäpper Spanish: Petroica fascinante

Loxia fascinans


, 1801,

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Nominate race and assimilis intergrade in SE Australia; intermediate individuals described as race barcoo (based on specimen from E South Australia). Species long referred to as M. leucophaea, as current name erroneously assumed to be based on an early painting that was indeterminable. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. f. zimmeri Mayr & Rand, 1935 – SE New Guinea (from Bereina S to Port Moresby).
  • M. f. pallida De Vis, 1884 – N Australia from N Western Australia E to W Queensland.
  • M. f. assimilis Gould, 1841 – SW, C & S Australia E to mallee country of Victoria.
  • M. f. fascinans (Latham, 1801) – E & SE Australia S from E & C Queensland (S from Cairns district) and E from W New South Wales and Adelaide district of South Australia.
  • Descriptive notes

    12·5–14 cm; 14–20 g. Nominate race has diffuse whitish supercilium, narrow black stripe from lores to behind eye, white eyering; crown, face, neck and... read more


    Song a vivacious “peter-peter”, repeated often. Call a pair of pleasant loud whistled... read more


    Eucalypt (Eucalyptus) woodland, mallee and other dry, lightly timbered scrublands,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, spiders (Araneae), worms (Oligochaeta) and other small invertebrates. Prey captured mainly on ground or in air; techniques are... read more


    In Australia Aug–Jan, or in arid areas after rain, and one or two broods per season; in New Guinea, fledged young from mid Oct to... read more


    Some movements reported, but nature and extent of these not known. In many areas present throughout... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common to rather scarce. In Australia, common in most of range, less so in N. Declining around denser human habitation and in areas cleared for... read more

    Recommended citation

    Boles, W. (2019). Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans). 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 12 November 2019).