Pink Robins in NSW

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Subject: Pink Robins in NSW
From: Graeme Chapman <>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:46:24 +0000
The recent banding record of a female Pink Robin at Wianamatta Reserve near 
Penrith, same bird for second year in a row, started me thinking.

The nearest breeding location that I know of is at Mt Ginini west of Canberra, 
just below the tree line at about 1600 M above sea level.

When this area is deep in snow, (which it would be at present )  these birds 
would presumably move.

Years ago, Steve Wilson and his team operated a banding station lower down in 
the Brindabellas and they used to catch Pink Robins, in winter if I remember 

It seems unlikely to me that the female near Penrith has come from the A.C.T. - 
more likely it has come from somewhere not so far away.

There are areas above 1300 M just straight up the valley from Penrith that 
might bear investigation if suitable habitat occurs.

At Thredbo, where they are known to breed, the suitable habitat is creekline, 
lined with tree ferns.

At Mt Ginini, the habitat is less distinctive, a fairly light scrub about 6m M 
high which is fairly open underneath, lots of mosses etc.


Graeme Chapman
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