Eastern Yellow Robin

(Eposaltria Australis)

These delightful little birds are usually found in pairs or groups of adults and sub-adult offspring in mid-story trees along tracks.

  • Photo caption: Great Ocean Photography i
  • Photo caption: Great Ocean Photography i
  • Photo caption: Great Ocean Photography i


Carefully hidden in the fronds of a tree fern alongside the walking track you may spot the exquisite nest of an Eastern Yellow Robin where three little chicks hatched on the very day Wildlife Wonders opened. Intricately woven from bark, grasses and other vegetation, robins’ nests are bound together with spiders’ webs and lined with fine material and leaves.

Common inhabitants of forests and woodlands in eastern Australia, these beautiful robins have striking yellow chests, olive brown to grey heads, backs and tails, black beaks and dark brown eyes. They often have a white streak on their cheek and sometimes a faint white streak on their eyebrows. Both sexes are similar in plumage colour and pattern, but females are slightly smaller. Young Eastern Yellow Robins are rufous-brown.

Both parents and sometimes other helpers care for the young birds. They feed on insects, spiders and other arthropods (invertebrate animals) by pouncing on their prey from low perches. One of the first birds to call in the morning chorus, often before dawn, listen for this little robin’s strident ‘peep-peep-peep’.

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