Physical characteristics

Most species of Australian robins are similar in structure, although distinct in plumage. The genus Petroica has males that are black or gray and white with pink to red breasts, whereas females are grayish brown. Related New Zealand forms lack the red coloring. Many other robins are black and white, and several species are gray and yellow. Almost all are plump with upright stances and resemble the Eurasian robins, flycatchers, and chats. They have small bills, prominent ric-tal (on the bill) bristles, and short tails. The scrub robins differ from the family in being larger with long tails. They forage and nest entirely on the ground.

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