Petroica

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Petroica
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Petroica longipes
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Petroicidae
Genus: Petroica
Swainson, 1829
Species

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Petroica is a genus of Australasian robins, named due to their red and pink markings. They are not closely related to the European robin nor the American robin. The generic name is derived from the Ancient Greek words petro- "rock" and oikos "home", from birds' habits of sitting on rocks.

Many species in Australia have a red breast and are known colloquially as "red robins" as distinct from the "yellow robins" of the genus Eopsaltria.[1]

Species and subspecies[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dowling DK (2003). "Breeding biology of the red-capped robin". Australian Journal of Zoology (CSIRO Publishing) 51 (6): 533–549. doi:10.1071/ZO03028. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  • Del Hoyo, J.; Elliot, A. & Christie D. (editors). (2006). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-84-96553-42-2