Family Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Least Concern

Red-capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii)


French: Miro à front rouge German: Rotstirnschnäpper Spanish: Petroica frentirroja

Muscicapa goodenovii

Vigors and Horsfield

, 1827,

South Australia, Australia


Closely related to P. multicolor. Has been recorded as hybridizing with P. boodang. Monotypic.


S two-thirds of mainland Australia, with irregular occurrence of non-breeders in N parts and on much of E coast.

Descriptive notes

10·5–12·5 cm; 7–9 g. Male has head, neck and upperparts black, large scarlet forehead patch; upperwing black, white median and greater secondary... read more


Song a metallic insect-like “drit-drit-drrr-it”. Call a short “tick”; scold... read more


Semi-arid and arid woodland and shrubland (mallee, mixed open woodland, mulga, etc.) with acacia (... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and other small arthropods. Most food caught on or near ground, primarily by pouncing from low perch, usually below 1 m. Foraging... read more


Eggs late Jun to mid Jan; rears up to four broods, and will make up to ten attempts, per season. Breeds as monogamous pair. Territory... read more


Extent and nature of movements poorly known. At least partly sedentary (present throughout year at... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common; irregular in wetter coastal districts. Widespread breeder in S Queensland, Western Australia and S states (but not recorded Tasmania);... read more

Recommended citation

Boles, W. (2019). Red-capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii). 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 April 2019).