PASSERIFORMES: Petroicidae

Petroica phoenicea  

Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicea)
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© Vik Dunis 2015
Rise and Shine Nature Conservation Reserve, VIC (May, 2015)

The Flame-Breasted Robin

NOW upon the trellis sitting,
Now along the fencetop flitting,
Meekly modest in my attitudes and poses;
'Neath my breast incarnadine
Can this midget heart of mine
Hold one half the vanity my song discloses?

First a nervous little flutter,
Now a chirp and now a stutter,
Then I lift my snow-flecked crown to the refrain
Of my plaintive little ditty:
"Oh, the pity! What a pity!
Oh, and isn't it a pity my poor Jenny is so plain!"

See, my burning front of flame
Puts the crimson rose to shame;
And my singing leads the chorus of the morning;
But my silent little mate,
Mute upon the garden gate,
Sober jenny, hasn't any such adorning.

Tho' I'm handsomer than others,
Do not think I boast, my brothers;
I'm the meekest little chorister a-wing.
Still, I'm tuneful, wise and witty,
Can you doubt, who hears my ditty?
"Ah, but isn't it a pity that my Jenny cannot sing!"


The Flame-Breasted Robin
by C J Dennis (1876-1938)
The Singing Garden (1935) p.39.


Male Flame Robin.

Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicea)

Male Flame Robin

Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicea)

Male Flame Robin

Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicea)

Male Flame Robin

Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicea)

Male and Female Flame Robins

Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicea)

Male Flame Robin

Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicea)

Flame Robin

Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicea)

Flame Robin

Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicea)

Immature Flame Robin

Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicea)

Young Flame Robin

Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicea)

Male Flame Robin

Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicea)

Juvenile Flame Robin

Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicea)

Juvenile Flame Robin and friend

Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicea)

Flame Robins Fence Sitting

Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicea)

Flame Robin