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

14–15 cm; male 11–14 g, female 10–13 g. Adult has grey head with narrow supraloral line extending narrowly above and just behind eye; upperparts grey-brown, washed olive on... read more


Song a series of rich and varied clear whistles, e.g. “chew-chew-swee-so-wu-chew”, sometimes given... read more


Confined to mangroves.

Food and feeding

Small arthropods. Forages at all levels from ground to canopy, but mostly on trunk, by gleaning, and in air, by sallying and flycatching.


Eggs in Oct–Dec. Territorial throughout year; male has lark-like song flight. Nest a very small, shallow cup made of grass and bark fibres... read more


Apparently sedentary; present throughout year at known sites.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to a relatively small part of the North-west Australia EBA. Uncommon. Has relatively small range... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (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 23 October 2018).