Family Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Least Concern

Pink Robin (Petroica rodinogaster)


French: Miro incarnat German: Rosaschnäpper Spanish: Petroica encarnada

Saxicola Rodinogaster


, 1819,

Maria Island, Tasmania, Australia


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. r. inexpectata Mathews, 1912 – SE Australia in S & E Victoria and extreme SE New South Wales; non-breeding SE South Australia (E from Fleurieu Peninsula) E to SE New South Wales (to S of Sydney), extending inland to NC Victoria.
  • P. r. rodinogaster (Drapiez, 1819) – Bass Strait islands (King I, Flinders I) and Tasmania.
  • Descriptive notes

    11·5–13 cm; 9–11 g. Male nominate race has head and upperparts sooty black, semicircular white forehead patch; upperwing, including greater wing-coverts,... read more


    Song a rapid trill, “chr t- tr-tr-t-r-r”, low and weak but penetrating. Contact call... read more


    Rainforest and wet eucalypt (Eucalyptus) forest, often with dense undergrowth; drier, more... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects and other small arthropods. Feeds on ground and tree trunks and in low foliage. Prey captured with combination of aerial... read more


    Season Sept–Mar; one or two broods. Nest built by female, a small deep cup of moss and plant fibre, bound with spider web, often with... read more


    Resident, migratory and dispersive. Present throughout year in some areas. Others move into more... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common. Common in Tasmania, although clearing of rainforest has reduced available habitat. Listed as “Vulnerable” in New South Wales.

    Recommended citation

    Boles, W. (2018). Pink Robin (Petroica rodinogaster). 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 13 December 2018).