Family Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Data Deficient

Snow Mountain Robin (Petroica archboldi)


French: Miro des rochers German: Felsenschnäpper Spanish: Petroica roquera

Petroica archboldi


, 1940,

Mount Wilhelmina, 4100 m, Oranje Mountains, central New Guinea




Mt Wilhelmina and Mt Carstensz (in Oranje Mts), in C New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

14 cm. Male has crown and hindneck dark slate with reddish-pink tinge, side of head slate-grey, feathers at base of culmen and lores black, small white forehead patch;... read more


Song a wide range of notes resembling sound of “drops of water” and like some of the... read more


Edge of bare rock slopes and cliffs, and among boulders on talus slopes; also in valleys among... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Largely terrestrial, feeding among rocks. Sits on rock while scanning surroundings; pounces on prey, and returns to perch.


Adult feeding fledgling in Sept, and extensive singing (suggestive of breeding) in Dec–Feb. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Data Deficient. Restricted-range species: present in Central Papuan Mountains EBA. Originally reported as common within very... read more

Recommended citation

Boles, W. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Snow Mountain Robin (Petroica archboldi). 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 15 December 2018).