Family Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Least Concern

Lemon-bellied Flyrobin (Microeca flavigaster)


French: Miro à ventre citron German: Limonenbauchschnäpper Spanish: Petroica limón
Other common names: Lemon-bellied Flycatcher, Lemon-bellied Robin

Microeca flavigaster


, 1843,

Port Essington, Northern Territory, Australia


Previously considered conspecific with M. tormenti. In past, considered conspecific with M. hemixantha. Proposed race terraereginae (Cairns, in N Queensland) based on what is considered an indeterminate specimen that appears intermediate between populations to N and S of it. In Papua New Guinea, birds in Western Province said to be brighter yellow below, with shorter tail and distinct song#R; study required. Five subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. f. laeta Salvadori, 1878 – N New Guinea, in Wandammen Peninsula and NW Lowlands E to Sepik–Ramu and Huon Gulf.
  • M. f. tarara Rand, 1940 – S New Guinea, in S lowlands, Trans-Fly, and W part of the SE Peninsula.
  • M. f. flavissima Schodde & Mason, 1999 – SE New Guinea (E from Wau in N and from Kemp Welch R in S), islands in Torres Strait and NE Australia (Cape York Peninsula).
  • M. f. flavigaster Gould, 1843 – NC Australia: N Northern Territory.
  • M. f. laetissima Rothschild, 1916 – NE Australia (NE Queensland from Halifax Bay S to Broad Sound).
  • Recorded once on Aru Is#R.

    Descriptive notes

    12·5–14·5 cm; 8–13 g (nominate), 10·6–16 g (laetissima). Nominate race is olive-brown above, rump slightly darker, with... read more


    Song a series of rich and varied clear whistles, repeated “pa-treeter” or “peter... read more


    In New Guinea inhabits eucalypt (Eucalyptus) savanna, open woodland and mangroves, also... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects and other small arthropods, e.g. ants and other hymenopterans, beetles and caterpillars. Forages at all levels, but mostly above 4... read more


    Recorded in all months in Australia, main peak Sept (smaller peak Dec–Jan) in Queensland, Feb–Oct (peaks Mar–Apr and Aug... read more


    Apparently sedentary; present at sites throughout year. Few recoveries of marked individuals, but... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common in most of range. Mean population density in an area of coastal hill savanna at Port Moresby, in SE New... read more

    Recommended citation

    Boles, W. & Christie, D.A. (2018). Lemon-bellied Flyrobin (Microeca flavigaster). 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 19 October 2018).