Family Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Least Concern

Southern Scrub-robin (Drymodes brunneopygia)


French: Drymode à croupion brun German: Eukalyptusdrosselschnäpper Spanish: Petroica matorralera sureña

Drymodes brunneopygia


, 1841,

belts of the Murray, South Australia, Australia


Proposed race pallida (described from Shark Bay, in Western Australia) considered undiagnosable. Monotypic.


S Australia: scattered locations in SW Western Australia (except for extreme SW corner), SE South Australia (E from Eyre Peninsula, S from Flinders Ranges), C & SW New South Wales and N & NW Victoria.

Descriptive notes

18·5–22 cm; male 36–38g, female 30 g. Side of face and neck are brown, with faint pale supercilium, white lores and eyering, short vertical black mark... read more


Song a musical “chip chip par-ee”. Probable contact call a shrill high-pitched “... read more


Dense mallee and other semi-arid scrub, particularly favouring broombush; also heath, coastal tea-... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and other small invertebrates; occasionally seeds. Forages almost exclusively on the ground (at least 98% of time), mainly in dense... read more


Season Jul–Jan; single brood per season. Monogamous; solitary, territorial throughout year. Male courtship-feeds female. Nest a cup... read more


Sedentary. Recaptures of marked individuals less than 10 km from original site of ringing.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rather uncommon and patchily distributed; occurs in several isolated populations. Has declined in many parts of range; this associated with... read more

Recommended citation

Boles, W. (2019). Southern Scrub-robin (Drymodes brunneopygia). 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 18 March 2019).