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Grey-headed Robin

Grey-headed Robin

Heteromyias cinereifrons

The Grey-headed Robin, known scientifically as Heteromyias cinereifrons, presents a charming display of plumage with a grey crown and lores, contrasted by a white throat. Its olive-brown ear coverts and upperparts are complemented by a distinctive white patch on the wings. The underparts are a subtle pale, with the breast donning a pale grey and the belly a pristine white. Observers will note the dark brown bill and eyes, which add to the bird's discerning appearance.

Identification Tips

When attempting to identify this species, look for the grey head, white throat, and the white wing patch which are key distinguishing features. The pale grey breast transitioning to a white belly is also characteristic. The bird's size and the dark brown coloration of the bill and eyes can aid in its identification.


The Grey-headed Robin thrives in the lush subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, as well as the subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, where the climate and vegetation provide a suitable environment for its lifestyle.


This bird is endemic to Queensland, Australia, with its range extending from Cardwell to the Bloomfield River in northeastern Queensland. It is a creature of the northeastern Cape York Peninsula, intimately tied to the unique ecosystems of the region.



The breeding season for the Grey-headed Robin spans from August or September to January. During this time, they may produce one or two broods. Their nests are artfully constructed shallow cups made of bark, grass, and dry leaves, bound together with spider webs and lined with fern and palm strips. The exterior is adorned with dried vegetation, and the nests are typically placed within the embrace of a lawyer vine, up to 10 meters above the ground. Each clutch usually contains one or two eggs, which are buff, cream, or dark greenish-white in color, marked with light brown splotches and spots, often concentrated around the larger end. The eggs measure 26 by 19 millimeters, a precious package of potential life.

Conservation status

The Grey-headed Robin is currently classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List. This status serves as a reminder of the fragility of its existence and the importance of conservation efforts to ensure its survival.

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