The Eastern Yellow Robin is just about the Shire of Baw Baw’s most emblematic bird. This charming bush robin can be found in parks and reserves throughout the shire, often right on the edge of densely populated urban areas. I know of a couple of well vegetated town gardens that are regularly visited by this bird.
In some situations, the Eastern Yellow Robin displays a curiosity of human intruders into its territory. Simply sitting quietly on a log in the bush is often all that is needed to get a great view of this bird.
Eastern Yellow Robins can be found in dry and wet forests up and down the eastern seaboard, from the alps to the coast.
|At the nest - Thornell's Reserve Longwarry North.|
They feed on insects, spiders and larvae taken mostly on the ground. The birds often scan the ground from a low perch before pouncing down onto a suitable morsel.
|Mt Worth State Park|
In contrast to the colour and charm of the adults, a young Eastern Yellow Robin fledgling could only be loved by its parents.
|Fledgling at Nangara Reserve Jindivick|
Some of Baw Baw’s Eastern Yellow Robins are sedentary and can be found in their territory all year round. Others are probably seasonal altitudinal migrants and during winter come down from the high country.
|Nangara Reserve Jindivick|