Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) - HBW 12, p. 474

French: Miro à poitrine jaune German: Goldbauchschnäpper Spanish: Petroica Amarilla
Other common names: Yellow Robin, Bark/Creek/Yellow-breasted Robin, Yellow-breasted Shrike-robin; Southern Yellow Robin (australis); Northern Yellow Robin, Golden-rumped/Golden-tailed Robin (chrysorrhos)

Taxonomy: Motacilla Australis Shaw, 1790, New South Wales, Australia.
Closely related to, and sometimes treated as conspecific with, E. griseogularis. N race chrysorrhos has in the past been considered a separate species. Geographical variation rather complex, and up to six races have been recognized on basis of differences in rump and abdomen colours and bill length, but this variation somewhat clinal. Described race magnirostris (from NE Queensland) merged with chrysorrhos, and viridior (SE South Australia and Victoria) with nominate; coomooboolaroo (SC Queensland) and austina (interior of N & C New South W.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Motacilla Australis Shaw, 1790, New South Wales, Australia.
Closely related to, and sometimes treated as conspecific with, E. griseogularis. N race chrysorrhos has in the past been considered a separate species. Geographical variation rather complex, and up to six races have been recognized on basis of differences in rump and abdomen colours and bill length, but this variation somewhat clinal. Described race magnirostris (from NE Queensland) merged with chrysorrhos, and viridior (SE South Australia and Victoria) with nominate; coomooboolaroo (SC Queensland) and austina (interior of N & C New South Wales) are considered to be intergrades between nominate and chrysorrhos. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • chrysorrhos Gould, 1869 - E Australia from NE Queensland (E of Great Dividing Range) S to NE New South Wales.
  • australis (Shaw, 1790) - E Queensland (along W side of Great Dividing Range), E half of New South Wales (except NE corner), SE South Australia and S & E Victoria.