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BIRDS - EASTERN YELLOW ROBIN

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(Eopsaltria australis)

Perching sideways on low vertical branches and saplings is characteristic of yellow robins. The Eastern Yellow Robin is the most yellow of them all.

Habitat

The Eastern Yellow Robin is found in coastal pockets and ranges along the ranges of eastern Australia, Cooktown, Qld, to southeastern South Australia. Their distribution is patchy, mainly coastal mountain forests, but ranges through woodlands with scrubby cover on inland slopes.

Diet

The more open centre of the shrubberies in which the birds forage, gives them a less obstructive view in their hunting. The robins flit quietly from perch to perch, sitting and waiting with their tail occasionally rising and wings flickering, then flying on or darting quickly to the ground to pick up prey. They seem to start feeding earlier in the day and to continue later than most birds, moving about until dark. Diet includes ants, bugs, spiders, moths, grasshoppers, wasps and flies. In winter the robins often join mixed foraging flocks of small insectivorous birds.

Breeding

Breeding pairs hold a small restricted territory but may have additional helpers at the nest, probably previous young to help feed the nestlings. Up to three broods may be raised in a season between July and January. The female takes about a week to build a cup nest of bark strips, fine twigs, moss, skeleton leaves and grass bound in cobwebs. She lays two eggs that are laid at 27 hour intervals. While she broods, the male feeds her on the nest and later assists in feeding young.

Display Status

Off DisplayOur Amazing Eastern-yellow-robin(s) are currently off display

Threat Level

Least Concern

Least Concern