Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans) - HBW 12, p. 488

French: Miro enchanteur German: Weißschwanzschnäpper Spanish: Petroica Fascinante
Other common names: Australian Brown Flycatcher, Allied/Brown/Lesser Brown Flycatcher

Taxonomy: Loxia fascinans Latham, 1801, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Species was for long referred to as M. leucophaea, as current name erroneously assumed to be based on an early painting that was indeterminable. Nominate race and assimilis intergrade in SE Australia; intermediate individuals described as race barcoo (based on specimen from E South Australia). Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • zimmeri Mayr & Rand, 1935 - SE New Guinea (from Bereina S to Port Moresby).
  • pallida De Vis, 1884 - N Australia from N Western Australia E to W Queensland.
  • assimilis Gould, 1841 - SW, C & S Australia E to mallee country of Victoria.
  • fascinans (Latham, 1801) - E & SE Australia S from E & C Queensland (S from Cairns district) and E from W New South Wales and Adelaide district of South Australia.