Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Pacific Robin (Petroica multicolor) - HBW 12, p. 483

French: Miro écarlate German: Südsee-Scharlachschnäpper Spanish: Petroica Multicolor

Taxonomy: Muscicapa multicolor J. F. Gmelin, 1789, Norfolk Island.
Forms a species group with P. boodang and P. macrocephala. Conventionally considered conspecific with former, but differs in plumage (reduced white on forehead, wing and tail, browner female), morphology and size. Relationship between nominate race and P. macrocephala of New Zealand requires further investigation. Fourteen subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • septentrionalis Mayr, 1934 - Bougainville I.
  • kulambangrae Mayr, 1934 - Kolombangara, in W Solomon Is.
  • dennisi Cain & I. C. J. Galbraith, 1955 - Guadalcanal, in S Solomons.

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  • septentrionalis Mayr, 1934 - Bougainville I.
  • kulambangrae Mayr, 1934 - Kolombangara, in W Solomon Is.
  • dennisi Cain & I. C. J. Galbraith, 1955 - Guadalcanal, in S Solomons.
  • polymorpha Mayr, 1934 - San Cristobal (Makira), in SE Solomons.
  • soror Mayr, 1934 - Vanua Lava, in Banks Is.
  • ambrynensis Sharpe, 1900 - Banks Is (Meralba, Gaua) and N & C Vanuatu (Espiritu Santo, Aoba, Ambrym, Paama, Lopevi, Tongoa).
  • feminina Mayr, 1934 - C Vanuatu (Éfaté, Emao).
  • cognata Mayr, 1938 - Erromango, in SC Vanuatu.
  • similis G. R. Gray, 1860 - S Vanuatu (Tanna, Aneityum).
  • multicolor (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - Norfolk I.
  • kleinschmidti Finsch, 1876 - W & N Fiji (Viti Levu, Vanua Levu).
  • taveunensis Holyoak, 1979 - NE Fiji (Taveuni).
  • becki Mayr, 1934 - S Fiji (Kadavu).
  • pusilla Peale, 1848 - Samoa (Savai’i, Upolu).