Family Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Least Concern

White-breasted Robin (Quoyornis georgianus)


French: Miro à poitrine blanche German: Weißbrustschnäpper Spanish: Petroica pechiblanca

Muscicapa georgiana

Quoy and Gaimard

, 1830,

King George Sound, Western Australia, Australia




SW Australia: SW coastal region of Western Australia from N of Geraldton S, discontinuously, to region of Albany.

Descriptive notes

15–16·5 cm; male 19–22·5g, female 15–19 g. Has head and upperparts sooty grey, lores black; upperwing sooty black, white patches across bases... read more


Song a whistled double note, “see-ow”. Alarm calls a single or double “chic... read more


N population inhabits dense coastal thickets of acacia (Acacia) and paperbark (... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and other small arthropods. Most prey captured by pouncing from an elevated perch to ground (76% of attacks); also taken below 1 m... read more


Season Jun–Jan; 2–3 clutches per season. Breeds as pair, but often up to three helpers at nest (mostly males); male and helpers... read more


Sedentary. Young females disperse, while young males often remain with parents as helpers. In one... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in South-west Australia EBA. Common. Reaction to disturbance uncertain; in some studies this species showed a... read more

Recommended citation

Boles, W. (2019). White-breasted Robin (Quoyornis georgianus). 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 November 2019).