Yellow-bellied flyrobin

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Yellow-bellied flyrobin
Naturalis Biodiversity Center - RMNH.AVES.135122 1 - Eopsaltria flaviventris Sharpe, 1903 - Eopsaltriidae - bird skin specimen.jpeg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Petroicidae
Genus: Microeca
M. flaviventris
Binomial name
Microeca flaviventris
(Sharpe), 1903

Eopsaltria flaviventris

The yellow-bellied flyrobin (Microeca flaviventris) is a species of bird in the Australasian robin family Petroicidae. It is endemic to New Caledonia, where it occurs on the island of Grande Terre. It occupies a range of habitats, including dry lowlands woodland, Pinus and Pandanus forest and humid forest from sea level up to 1525 m.

Originally described by ornithologist Richard Bowdler Sharpe in 1903, it was long considered one of the yellow robins of the genus Eopsaltria. However, genetic study showed it is nested within the flyrobin genus Microeca,[1] and hence its name has been changed from yellow-bellied robin to yellow-bellied flyrobin by the IOC.[2]

The yellow-bellied robin is a medium-sized Australasian robin, 14–15 cm in length and weighing around 12 g. The plumage is similar to others in the genus Eopsaltria; dark olive-grey back, tail and wings, grey head and chest with a slightly lighter throat, and yellow belly and rump. The legs are grey.


  1. ^ Loynes, Kate; Joseph, Leo; Keogh, J. Scott (2009). "Multi-locus phylogeny clarifies the systematics of the Australo-Papuan robins (Family Petroicidae, Passeriformes)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 53 (1): 212–19. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2009.05.012. PMID 19463962.
  2. ^ "IOC World Bird List - Version 2.9 : Vireos, Crows & Allies". 10 July 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011.

Further reading[edit]

  • Christidis, L.; Irestedt, M.; Rowe, D.; Boles, W.E.; Norman, J.A. (2011). "Mitochondrial and nuclear DNA phylogenies reveal a complex evolutionary history in the Australasian robins (Passeriformes: Petroicidae)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 61 (3): 726–738. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.08.014.