Bird ID - Rose Robin or Pink Robin

To: John Harris <>
Subject: Bird ID - Rose Robin or Pink Robin
From: Richard Lane <>
Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2019 16:45:15 +0000
Hello John.

Thanks for your thoughts. My thanks also to those who responded off-line. The unanimous verdict was Rose Robin.

... Richard

On Sun, Apr 21, 2019 at 2:40 PM John Harris <> wrote:

It looks very much like a Rose Robin with the white in the tail. In the field, the Pink Robin always seems to me to be much paler in the breast, a pinker pink if that makes sense.

The other point is that here in the ACT, the Pink Robin is much rarer, only found in the winter, often its brown forms and not reported at all, I believe, in some years. If in doubt about a bird, and if one of the possibilities is very rare, it is probably not that one!





From: Richard Lane <>
Date: Sunday, 21 April 2019 at 12:43 pm
To: chatline <>
Subject: [canberrabirds] Bird ID - Rose Robin or Pink Robin


Hi there.


I was hoping that someone could help ID this bird - and tell me what features they are using to make their judgement. Is it a Rose Robin or Pink Robin? I am leaning towards a Rose Robin - but I have no real expertise or experience with these birds.


Various references mention a white spot above the beak of a Pink Robin - this bird has a thin white patch above the beak. Reference is also made to the breast color extending further down on a Pink Robin than on a Rose Robin - this example has the color at an intermediate length down the breast. Pink Robins are described as having a tail without any white. This example has white on the underside, suggesting a Rose Robin.


By the way, the photograph was taken at the Botanic Gardens here in Canberra last week.


Any help will be very gratefully received.


... Richard







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