Flame Robin

Common name
Flame Robin
Scientific name
Petroica phoenicea
Size – beak to tail
13 – 14 cm
Wing span
Birds of the Bluff
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Where to find
In autumn-winter, when they are likely to be seen around the Bluff, open woodlands, plains, paddocks, golf courses, saltmarshes and parks.
The male Flame Robin has a brilliant flame-orange breast and throat, with a grey back and head.  Male upper body parts and face dark grey. Females are dull brownish birds with whitish wing-bars. Flame Robins are usually seen alone but sometimes forage in scattered flocks especially in open areas, along fence lines, in autumn and winter.

In early April, Flame Robins return to the open areas around the Bellarine Peninsula for the winter. Some have spent the summer in the Otway Ranges where they nest, and it is possible other birds may even travel from Tasmania. They feed on insects, spiders and other small arthropods.