Robins are common and widespread throughout the district. Some of them, like the Hooded Robin, are quite distinctive and unlikely to be confused. Others however, such the red-breasted ones can be a little challenging, especially when dealing with female and immature birds.
Best walks to see: Most sites in the area
Juvenile Yellow Robin
Probably the most widespread in the Yellow Robin. It is very adaptable and can be found in a variety of habitats. Both male and female are quite similar, but young birds can be a little confusing.
Best walks to see: Rise and Shine, Muckleford Forest, Gowar, Pilchers Bridge
Male Scarlet Robin
Female Scarlet Robin
The male has a distinctive scarlet breast and the female has a less showy colour which is rather more orange than the male. Not to be confused with the Flame Robin whose colour extends further up the throat – see below.
Male Flame Robin
Flame Robin – female
Best walks to see: Muckleford Station, Walmer, Newstead Cemetery
Flame robins, as their name implies, have more of a flame or orange colouring. The colour also extends right up to its chin, unlike the Scarlet.
A migrant to this area, the Flame Robin is generally to be seen from Autumn until early spring.
Hooded Robin – male
Hooded Robin – juvenile
Best walks to see: Rise and Shine, Mia Mia, Mount Lofty
Less common than most of the robins in the area, this species tends to favour the drier and more westerly sites, although a population can be found at Mount Lofty at the eastern edge of its range here.
Red-capped Robin male
Female Red-capped Robin – just a hint of red on the head
Best walks to see: Rise and Shine, Tarrengower
The Red-capped Robin is a striking bird that can be seen in some locations in the district, especially in autumn and winter. The photo above was taken in Castlemaine in my garden. This bird stayed for over a week before moving on.
And of course the complications such as the Mistletoebird. Although it has a bright red breast and is about the same size as robins this species is quite different to the robins. It is widespread in the area, and is the name implies, has a preference for Mistletoe.
Best walks to see: Kalimna, Muckleford Forest, Gowar, Rise and Shine