Pink Robin

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Habitat: Rainforest, Woodland


In the breeding season (September to March) Pink Robins are seen singly or in pairs in deep gullies in dense shrub layers of damp and wet forests or rainforests. In winter, they are found in more open and drier habitats.


Pink Robins are thought to be partly resident and partly dispersive. They breed throughout Tasmania, King and Flinders Islands, and the wetter parts of Victoria and far southeastern New South Wales. Some are thought to move after breeding to drier areas in southern New South Wales or even to move from Tasmania. This movement is mainly made by the brown-plumaged young birds. Males in Tasmania may remain near or in their breeding range. Birds are more obvious in the winter when they have moved to more open country. The Pink Robin has a chattering call, a short trill ‘chwit-tr-tr-tr-tr’, which is rather wren-like.


The Pink Robin is an active feeder, darting out from a perch to snatch at insects, then returning to another perch. It usually takes prey on the ground or from low bushes.


Pink Robins breed in moist rainforest and may nest twice each season. The nest is a deep cup of green moss, bound with spider webs, lined with fine soft grass, fern or fur. The nest is placed in a mossy or lichen-covered fork of a tree or shrub. The female incubates and broods the young while she is fed by the male.