Western Yellow Robin
- Colour: a grey back and head, with grey on the upper breast and bright yellow on the lower breast and underbelly. Its rump is either yellow (in coastal south-west W.A) or olive-yellow (inland and southern W.A.). It has a pale wing-bar visible in flight.
- Young birds are dark brown with paler streaks.
- Size: 13 – 16 cm.
- Call: slow piping whistles, a whistled ‘tchair-tchair’, and an explosive ‘chwip-chwip-chwip’.
- Diet: mostly insects, which are caught mainly on the ground, with the bird pouncing onto them from a low perch.
- Movements: probably resident.
- Breeding: its nest is cup-shaped and made of strips of bark, twigs and dead leaves bound together with spider webs and lined with fine grass and small leaves, bound together with spider web and decorated with long strips of bark. Nests are usually in the fork of a tree or shrub, usually within seven metres of the ground. Two eggs are laid, and they are incubated by the female, with the young birds fed by both parents.
What to Observe
- Bird on nest
- Bird on eggs
- Bird on chicks
- Bird feeding young
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When To Look
- Breeding may occur between July and January, but mostly between September and November.
Where To Look
- In open forest, woodland, and shrublands, including mallee and mulga.
- In south-western and southern Australia, from Shark Bay in Western Australia, east to the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.
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- Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis): occurs in eastern Australia, so the range of this species does not overlap with that of the Western Yellow Robin.
Did You Know?
The call recording is by David Stewart Naturesound
A lot of its habitat has been destroyed through clearance for agriculture. This has reduced its area of occupancy within its range.
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