Family Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Least Concern

Pale-yellow Robin (Tregellasia capito)


French: Miro jaunâtre German: Graugesichtschnäpper Spanish: Petroica amarillenta

Eopsaltria Capito


, 1854,

Brisbane River, Queensland, Australia


Form nana significantly smaller than nominate and, among other differences, has lores and eyering rufous vs whitish and pale buff. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. c. nana (E. P. Ramsay, 1878) – Rufous-lored Robin – NE Queensland (Cooktown district S to Hinchinbrook I and Paluma), in NE Australia.
  • T. c. capito (Gould, 1854) – Pale-yellow Robin – coasts of SE Queensland (S from Fraser I) and NE New South Wales (S to Dungog), in E Australia.
  • Descriptive notes

    12–13·5 cm; 14·5–16 g (capito), 12–14·5 g (nana). Nominate race has off-white side of forehead and lores, grey face,... read more


    Song a repetition of middle-pitched to high-pitched squeaks, “see-see-see-see-see-see... read more


    Rainforest, especially areas with abundant lawyer-vine (Calamus), and adjacent dense,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects and other small invertebrates; some seeds. Frequents lower to middle strata. Forages mainly by pouncing on prey on ground from... read more


    Season Aug–Dec, sometimes to Jan in N; one or two broods. Breeds as simple pair, or in group consisting of breeding male, one or two... read more


    Sedentary. Young disperse c. 500–600 m from nest; all recoveries of marked birds less than 10... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Queensland Wet Tropics EBA and Eastern Australia EBA. Common in N of range (race nana) and uncommon in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Boles, W. (2018). Pale-yellow Robin (Tregellasia capito). 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 17 December 2018).