Hooded Robin

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Common Name: Hooded Robin
Scientific Name: Melanodryas cucullata

Size: 6 inches (15-17 cm)

Habitat: Australia; Endemic-found all over mainland Australia, except Cape York and eastern Gulf of Carpentaria or inland around the Simpson Desert, on the Nullarbor Plain or south of the Kimberley Ranges. They are more commonly found in south-eastern Australia from Adelaide to Brisbane. Hooded Robins are found in lightly timbered woodland, mainly dominated by acacia and/or eucalypts.

Status: Least Concern to threatened. Global population: Unknown. Clearing of woodlands in south-eastern Australia has caused a decline in populations of the Hooded Robin. Young birds are taken by foxes. The Hooded Robin is listed as threatened on the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (1988). Under this Act, an Action Statement for the recovery and future management of this species has not yet been prepared.

Diet: Insects; sits on exposed perches, such as dead branches and stumps and pounces on arthropods. It always forages on or near the ground.

Nesting: The male has a distinctive pied coloration; with a black head and neck ("hood"), white chest and under parts and black wings with white wing-bars. The eyes, bill and feet are also black. The female is an undistinguished grey-brown above with a pale grey throat and paler underneath with dark brown wings and white wing bars. Juveniles are similar to females.

Breeding season is July to November with one or two broods raised. The nest is a neat cup made of soft dry grass and bark. Spider webs, feathers and fur are used for binding/filling, generally in a tree crevice, hollow or fork. The clutch generally consists of two pale olive- or bluish-green eggs with darker spots and blotches measuring 21mm x 16 mm

Cool Facts: Hooded Robins may have 'helpers' at their nest: other members of the group that help feed the nestlings and fledglings.

Found in Songbird ReMix Australia Volume II

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