Eastern Yellow Robin
Family: Petroicidae (Australo-Papuan Robins, Scrub-robins, 20 species in Australia)
Size: 15 cm
Distribution: Within about 500 km of the coasts of NSW, South QLD, Most of VIC
Habitat: Wet open forests, woodlands, coastal thickets
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest
The Eastern Yellow Robin is a lovely, friendly bird. They are curious and inquisitive. Several times I have almost (but not quite) had one fly close enough to land on me. Since they are so small this is not annoying like it would be if a magpie did that.
Once when I was building a wilderness shelter two of them were hanging around the whole time, sometimes sitting on the shelter framework about half a metre from me.
Photo: Blaxland, Blue Mountains NSW. High Resolution (1884 x 1518)
Photo: Blaxland, Blue Mountains NSW. High Resolution (2346 x 1633)
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.
Some Birdwatching Resources
Sydney Birds and Where to Find Them, Peter Roberts. The 30 top bird-watching localities in and around Sydney. These birding hot spots stretch from Tuggerah Lakes on the Central Coast to Lake Illawarra near Wollongong and from the Blue Mountains in the west to some surprisingly accessible sites tucked away in the heart of the city. Each locality entry lists the key species to look out for including rare and seasonal visitors. It describes how to access the location, and what amenities to expect; maps are featured. There is also a handy list of Sydney birds, each entry providing information on the best spots to find it.
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