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One of the most brightly coloured Australian desert birds, the Red-capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii) is also the smallest of the red robins, with its intense crimson cap and breast.

These robins are found in the more arid regions across Australia, inhabiting dry open desert woodlands, scrublands, mallee and mulga country, as well as farmland areas.

The Red-capped Robin are sexually dimorphic – meaning the male and female bird of the species are different in the colour of their plumage. It is the male that have the brightly crimson red plumage.

Images © Ausemade PL

Check out our Fauna Index on Birds for more information on the Red-capped Robin.


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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Petroicidae
  • Genus: Petroica
  • Species: P. goodenovii
  • Binomial name: Petroica goodenovii

Footnote & References

  1. A guide to Australia’s most colourful robins, 11 Sep 2019, Australian Geographic, https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/wildlife/2019/09/a-guide-to-australias-most-colourful-robins/