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: Birds of Australia: A Photographic Guide, by Iain Campbell, Sam Woods, Nick Leseberg, Geoff Jones (Photographer).
I bought this field guide recently (June 2020). As the name suggests, it's got photographs rather than line drawings. They are very high quality, clear photos. I've got so many field guides now, they have to be really good before I buy them (I got it from a physical book shop, so I was able to look through it thoroughly before deciding whether or not to get it).
From the publisher:
Australia is home to a spectacular diversity of birdlife, from parrots and penguins to emus and vibrant passerines. Birds of Australia covers all 714 species of resident birds and regularly occurring migrants and features more than 1,100 stunning color photographs, including many photos of subspecies and plumage variations never before seen in a field guide. Detailed facing-page species accounts describe key identification features such as size, plumage, distribution, behavior, and voice. This one-of-a-kind guide also provides extensive habitat descriptions with a large number of accompanying photos. The text relies on the very latest IOC taxonomy and the distribution maps incorporate the most current mapping data, making this the most up-to-date guide to Australian birds.
- Covers all 714 species of resident birds and regularly occurring migrants
Features more than 1,100 stunning color photos
Includes facing-page species accounts, habitat descriptions, and distribution maps
The ideal photographic guide for beginners and seasoned birders alike
NOTE: This is the only field guide for Australian birds that I've seen which lists the size of each bird in both centimetres and inches. So if you're much more familiar with inches than centimetres, this would be the best Australian bird field guide to get just for that reason.
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