Hooded Robin

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Hooded Robin - The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries/McCann | Hooded Robin - The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries/McCann | Hooded Robin - Bob Winters

Melanodryas cucullata cucullata


The male has a black hood covering its head and back, extending as a rounded bib on a white breast. White shoulder bar, wing bar and tail panels. The female is grey-brown with a white-grey brown washed breast, white wingbars and tail panels. Size 14-17 cm.


Details
Type
Bird
Group
Animals
Robin
Biology

Breeds from July-December, generally after rain in dry areas. An open cup nest is built on a stump or in a trunk cavity or branch 1-6 m high. Three or more birds may attend the nest.

Distinctive Markings

The male has a very prominent black hood covering the head, back and rounded bib on the breast.

Taxonomy
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Petroicidae
Genus
Melanodryas
Species
cucullata cucullata

Mainland Australia except Cape York Peninsula, dry deserts and wet coastal areas.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

The adult male Hooded Robin is the only black and white robin.


Interesting Facts
Diet

Carnivore, invertebrates.

Habitat

Dry eucalypt, woodland and cleared paddocks with stumps, dead trees or regrowth.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Audio
Sounds
A descending "chierp, shwep-chep-chep".