Family Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Least Concern

Northern Scrub-robin (Drymodes superciliaris)


French: Drymode bridé German: Yorkdrosselschnäpper Spanish: Petroica matorralera norteña

Drymodes superciliaris


, 1850,

Cape York, Queensland, Australia


Until recently considered conspecific with D. beccarii (see that species). Formerly accepted race colcloughi known only from two 1910 specimens supposedly from Roper R, in Northern Territory, but claimed provenance of these now thought to have been mistaken. Monotypic.


N Australia (N Cape York Peninsula, in N Queensland).

Descriptive notes

21–22 cm; 42–46 g. Adult has lores and spot behind eye white, vertical black stripe from above front of eye to sides of lower throat, buff ear-coverts... read more


Several thin, drawn-out whistles. Also harsh scolding notes.


Rainforest, monsoon forest, and vine thickets; often in fairly open understorey with dense layer of... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates, including insects and small gastropods. Forages on ground, generally in dense cover, using bill to turn over fallen leaves... read more


Season Nov to late Jan. Nest, built by female, an open bowl-shaped structure with thick walls, of sticks and twigs, lined with dead leaves... read more


Sedentary. Few recoveries of ringed individuals, all less than 10 km from site of original ringing. read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Cape York EBA. Locally common, but can be difficult to find in Cape York Peninsula.... read more

Recommended citation

Boles, W. & Christie, D.A. (2018). Northern Scrub-robin (Drymodes superciliaris). 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 16 December 2018).