Hooded Robin

Melanodryas cucullata

The Hooded Robin is an uncommon, sedentary species of dry eucalypt woodlands. Sensitive to disturbance and human presence, their numbers are in decline and it is one of eight species officially declared vulnerable in the ACT. There are only a few places in the ACT where they are found, and they are extremely unlikely to occur in suburban gardens.

Generally in pairs, they feed on insects found on or near the ground, and are usually seen perching on stumps or fences, which they use as observation posts. The male is black and white with a distinctive black hood over the head and chest, while the female is dark greyish.

There are 18 records from 9 GBS sites, mainly in fringe suburban habitats or on rural properties. R=137.