Family Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Least Concern

Kimberley Flyrobin (Microeca tormenti)


French: Miro de Mathews German: Küstenschnäpper Spanish: Petroica de Kimberley

Microeca brunneicauda tormenti


, 1916,

Point Torment, north-western Australia


Previously regarded as a full species, but since 1984 lumped with M. flavigaster owing to narrow band of hybridization#R. Differs, however, in its white vs yellow underparts (3); grey-brown vs olive-brown upperparts and browner tail (2); slightly larger overall size, best manifest in tail and tarsus lengths#R#R (allow 1); confinement to mangroves (1); HBW also refers to whitish spot on inner webs of outer three rectrices, suggesting score of 2, but other literature omits mention of this character. Narrow hybrid zone, however, adds a score of 2; morphometrics and confinement to mangroves place this hybrid population with present species rather than with M. flavigaster. Monotypic.

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NW Australia: coastal N Western Australia (King Sound E to Napier Broome Bay).

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2018). Kimberley Flyrobin (Microeca tormenti). 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).