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GREY-HEADED ROBIN

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Australian Tropical Birds

ENDEMIC Tropical North QLD

GREY-HEADED ROBIN
Heteromyias albispecularis 17 cm

             In Australia the Grey-headed Robin is restricted to rainforests of the Wet Tropics
          region.

        There is another population in the New Guinea highlands.  This is one of
          numerous bits of evidence that these regions both support relict rainforest
          organisms that were once widespread  in both tropical and temperate
          Australia.           

             Unlike most robins in Australia, the Grey-headed Robin’s appearance is a
          mixture of greys and browns. Most other robins are bright pinks, reds and
          yellows. However, the Grey-headed Robin is certainly no less beautiful.

                Due to its tortoiseshell colouring, it can be difficult to see when not moving or at a
          distance.

         It has both a single monotone whistle call and a two-tone whistle call, which are
           both familiar sounds in the Atherton Region.

         It lives in the lower levels of the rainforest. It often perches on a low branch or sits
           sideways on a tree trunk and then darts down onto prey below, or hops over the
           forest floor looking for food.

         The pair together builds their fragile nests of moss and tendrils from 1 to 4m
           above the ground, regularly on lawyer vine stems.

          When the female is incubating the eggs, the male often feeds her with such
            items as worms, insects or small lizards. The breeding season is from July to 
            March.

        The Grey-headed Robin is observed every day at the forest edge or on the lawn
            at Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge. 

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