The Eastern Yellow Robin disappears from the colder, wetter (I can say that this year!) parts of the Strathbogies over winter, moving to lower latitudes (somewhere).

Its arrival in our manna gum-peppermint-blue gum forest is heralded by its distinctive calls; high, bell-like piping (somewhat similar to the piping call of the White Throated Tree-creeper) and a scolding “chop, chop”. These are usually made whilst the bird sits watchfully on a branch in a patch of undergrowth. You can listen to them here on the Australian Museum’s ‘Birds in Backyards’ pages (right-hand bottom of the page) .

Photo: Michael Dahlem

Eastern yellow Robins can be quite tolerant of humans, once they get used to you; always seeming to be more focused on their next meal, as long as you don’t get too close.

And this website has some beautiful photos.

At the moment, we have Flame Robins and Eastern Yellow Robins in our area, though they occupy quite different niches. Eastern Yellow Robins love the shrubby under-growth, whereas Flame Robins are definitely birds of the open spaces. In this sense, Eastern Yellow Robins are more similar to Pink and Rose Robins (that I’ve not seen at Boho South, but Pink Robins have been recorded elsewhere in the Strathbogie Ranges), whereas Scarlet Robins, like Flame Robins tend to like open areas.

Visit Birds of the Strathbogie Tableland for a full list.