Female Scarlet Robin

Saw this wee bird in our front yard, got one shot off before he flitted away, but alas underexposed by 3 stops. I've recovered in LR but it's not as clear as it would have been had I got it right first up.

It would seem, by popular consensus that this is a Female Scarlet Robin (Petroica multicolor).

Spotted at Cedar Creek (NW of Brisbane), Qld.

Size: about 8-12cm long.

Call: Faint, single chirp.

View all photos taken: Thursday, 26th June 2008, This photo: 11:26am

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  • Peter Hegarty said:
    A robin ? :)
  • bd.priyanto said:
  • teejaybee said:
    Looks like a female scarlet robin to me...
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah we thought it looked robin-like.
    You might be onto something there. They describe the females as having a whitish underbelly, but this one is clearly buff/yellow, however, everything else matches.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Perhaps a scarlet robin or a rose robin...I couldn't choose between them.
  • David de Groot said:
    Have you a description of the Rose Robin ? Does it have a yellow belly ?
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Rose robin...male: upper parts/throat deep grey; breast rose-red; underparts white; outer fail teathers mainly white. Young males have faint buff-white wingbar.
    female: grey-brown above with whitish broken-arrowwingmark;grey-white below, with grey breast,some washed rose; longish tail dark brown, edged white
    immature: like female, without pink breast
    Scientific name: Petroica rosea 11-12.5cm
  • -Gadabout- said:
    I'm sure I saw photos of these the other night - either that or I dreamt them - I'll check out another book...
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Nope, I must have dreamt them after seeing them in the book...oh dear!
  • David de Groot said:
    Hmmm, tough call, I think I'm still leaning towards the Scarlet Robin at this stage.
    Oh dear indeed... I guess there's worse things to dream about (unless said dream robin was very large and you were dreaming you were a small insect... then I guess it could be scary).
  • David de Groot said:
    Here's a female Scarlet Robin and it kinda looks the same.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    lol, if I was you, I would trust tjb on calling this one :D I'm an amateur amongst amateurs...you guys are pros :)
  • teejaybee said:
  • bd.priyanto said:
  • Ian Mc1 said:
    Page 175 of an old copy of Simpson & Day certainly looks like a female Scarlet Robin.
    Neat little bird and excellent pose.
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  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Ian, I think we can be fairly confident of the ID now, as that's the third positive ID I've had for it. :)