Family Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Least Concern

Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang)


French: Miro boodang German: Australienscharlachschnäpper Spanish: Petroica escarlata

Muscicapa boodang


, 1837,

#R, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


In past considered conspecific with P. multicolor (with P. pusilla), but differs in plumage (more white on forehead, wing and tail, greyer female), morphometrics and size. Has been recorded as hybridizing with P. goodenovii. Genetic study#R reveals that isolated W race campbelli is substantially divergent in mtDNA from E mainland populations. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. b. campbelli Sharpe, 1898 – SW Western Australia; probably S South Australia (S Eyre Peninsula).
  • P. b. boodang (Lesson, 1837) – SE South Australia (SE from Kangaroo I, Fleurieu) and from SE Queensland S to Victoria; non-breeding N to Flinders Ranges in W, to about Fraser I (E Queensland) in E, and inland towards C New South Wales.
  • P. b. leggii Sharpe, 1879 – Flinders I and E Tasmania.
  • Descriptive notes

    12–13·5 cm; 12–14 g. Male nominate race has head, neck and upperparts black, extensive white forehead spot; upper­wing black, except for white median... read more


    Song a whistling trill, “wee-cheedalee-dalee”. Contact call “chip”; other... read more


    Eucalypt (Eucalyptus) forest and woodland, particularly with open shrubby or grassy... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods. Forages on or near ground, often pouncing on prey from low perch; feeds mainly at or below 1 m. Exhibits seasonal shifts in... read more


    Season Jul–Feb; two or three broods, occasionally up to five attempted. Breeds as pair. Maintains territory throughout year. Male... read more


    Mainly sedentary; some local movements, particularly during autumn-winter, when shifts to more open... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not assessed. Fairly common. Some local declines recorded in parts of South Australia and Victoria, in Sydney region of New South Wales and in SW Western Australia, with... read more

    Recommended citation

    Boles, W. (2018). Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang). 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 23 March 2018).