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
NEW: Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe. This one has colour drawings of the eggs and the nests which not many other field guides do (I can't think of any that do). It's an excellent field guide and one of the four main ones (the other three being above this one). The weakness of this field guide is that some of the pictures of the birds aren't as good (or accurate) as the other three most used field guides. It's also the heaviest though there is a pocket edition which is much smaller and lighter.
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