Family Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)


Norfolk Robin (Petroica multicolor)


French: Miro de Norfolk German: Norfolkscharlachschnäpper Spanish: Petroica de la Norfolk

Muscicapa multicolor

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

Norfolk Island


Conventionally considered conspecific with P. boodang, and until recently with P. pusilla, but recently shown to be most closely related to distinctive P. goodenovii#R. Differs from P. pusilla in its (from limited available material) much larger size (significantly longer bill, wing and tail; also not sexually dimorphic in size) (allow 3); larger white forehead patch in male (1); and (from limited available recordings) much lower-pitched and differently structured song (allow 3); further research, involving comprehensive review of evidence, needed to confirm this diagnosis. Monotypic.

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Norfolk I.

Descriptive notes

12·5–13·5 cm; 12–18 g. Male has large white spot on forehead and forecrown; rest of head black, upperparts black; upperwing black, white on inner... read more


Song a couple of “tut” notes followed by a fast chirping series descending and then... read more


Inhabits mature rainforest, occasionally palm and introduced olive (Olea) stands, rarely... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and other invertebrates, such as spiders (Araneae) and pseudoscorpions (Pseudoscorpiones). Analyses of contents of 15 stomachs... read more


Breeds Sept to late Dec. Territorial. Nest a small cup of fine plant fibres, bound with spider web, with lichen or moss attached externally... read more



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: confined to the Norfolk Island EBA. Population thought currently to contain fewer than 1000 mature individuals, and probably declining.... read more

Recommended citation

Boles, W., Sharpe, C.J. & Christie, D.A. (2018). Norfolk Robin (Petroica multicolor). 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 December 2018).