Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Dusky Robin (Melanodryas vittata) - HBW 12, p. 477

French: Miro de Tasmanie German: Tasmanschnäpper Spanish: Petroica de Tasmania
Other common names: Dusky Robin-flycatcher, Sleepy/Stump/Tasmanian/Wood Robin

Taxonomy: Muscicapa vittata Quoy and Gaimard, 1830, Tasmania, Australia.
Has often been placed in genus Petroica, but differs in plumage details (no frontal spot, no red in plumage) and body postures, and also has juvenile plumage, nest and eggs, and skull characters unlike those of that genus but similar to those of some other eopsaltriine species. Usually regarded as Tasmanian vicariant of mainland M. cucullata. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • kingi (Mathews, 1914) - King I, in W Bass Strait (between Tasmania and mainland Australia).
  • vittata (Quoy & Gaimard, 1830) - Flinders I (in E Bass Strait) and Tasmania.