Two Robins - Mulligan's

To: 'Julie Clark' <>, 'COG Chatline' <>
Subject: Two Robins - Mulligan's
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:07:13 +0000

2 More on this. Jenny Bounds in a 1994 article in CBN 19(2): 25-26 (that I contributed to) reported on red-capped robin mimicry of scarlet robin song on Mt Ainslie. According to HANZAB that is not the only example of this (or is this repeating the same obs).


On 2 other robins: When I joined the BOCA in 1970 on one of the first day outings I went on, I well recall the excitement of having a pair of Rose Robins & Pink Robins together in the same small tree. By the reaction of everyone there, that was quite special and I have not encountered by myself or in stories, that combination again.




From: Julie Clark [
Sent: Wednesday, 28 September, 2016 10:48 PM
To: COG Chatline
Subject: [canberrabirds] Two Robins - Mulligan's


Hi Everyone,


Jill and I (separately) visited Mulligan's Flat today and had the same interesting sighting.


A female scarlet robin was in the company of  a red-capped robin (juvenile?). They appeared to be flying around together and the scarlet seemed to be behaving like a parent to the other.


Is it common behaviour for different species of robin to associate with one another? I haven't seen  examples of this before but my bird knowledge/experience is pretty limited.


Maybe it was just a coincidence, but it is interesting that Jill and I saw the same two birds and made similar observations of their behaviour.


Any thoughts/comments/information would be appreciated.


Attached is a photo of the two birds perched together.


Better photos of the two individual birds can been seen:








Julie Clark


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