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.
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NEW: The Australian Bird Guide, by Peter Menkhorst (Author), Danny Rogers (Author), Rohan Clarke (Author), Jeff Davies (Illustrator), Peter Marsack (Illustrator), Kim Franklin (Illustrator).
Revised Edition 2019. Original edition published 2017. This is a newer Australian bird field guide that I just got recently. It may be the best one out of all of them now. Though I still like the pictures better in "Simpson and Day" in terms of their artistic value, and that they just look more interesting to me than the drawings in any other bird field guide I've seen. This one has more "clinical" looking pictures. They are coloured artist-rendered drawings, not photographs. Though the more "clinical" look is meant to be more anatomically accurate, and better for identification.
The rest of the book is wonderful, with different coloured regions on the range maps, and very high quality information overall. It was the winner in its category for an Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) award for book of the year in 2018.
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