Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Hooded Robin (Melanodryas cucullata) - HBW 12, p. 476

French: Miro à capuchon German: Schwarzkopfschnäpper Spanish: Petroica Encapuchada
Other common names: Hooded Robin-flycatcher, Pied/Black(!)/Black-and-white Robin

Taxonomy: Muscicapa cucullata Latham, 1801, Sydney, New South Wales, 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. Mainland races intergrade over broad areas. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • melvillensis (Zietz, 1914) - Tiwi Is (Melville I, Bathurst I), off Northern Territory, in N Australia.
  • picata Gould, 1865 - N & E Australia from N Western Australia (Kimberley) and N half of Northern Territory E to C & S Queensland, S to C New South Wales.
  • westralensis (Mathews, 1912) - S two-thirds of Western Australia, SW quarter of Northern Territory and W two-thirds of South Australia (including Eyre Peninsula, to head of Spencer Gulf).
  • cucullata (Latham, 1801) - SE Australia from SE Queensland (along W side of Great Dividing Range) S to SE South Australia and Victoria.