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Hooded robin (Melanodryas cucullata)
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Infraorder: Passerides
Family: Petroicidae
Genus: Melanodryas
Gould, 1865
Type species
Muscicapa cucullata[1]
Latham, 1801

2; see text

Melanodryas is a genus of passerine birds in the Australasian robin family Petroicidae.

The genus was introduced by the English ornithologist and bird artist John Gould in 1865 with the hooded robin (Melanodryas cucullata) as the type species.[2] The genus name combines the Ancient Greek melanos "black" with dryad "tree-nymph".[3]


The genus contains two species:[4]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Melanodryas cucullata Hooded robin Australia
Melanodryas vittata Dusky robin Tasmania


  1. ^ "Pectroicidae". The Trust for Avian Systematics. Retrieved 2023-07-16.
  2. ^ Gould, John (1865). Handbook to the Birds of Australia. Vol. 1. London: Self-published. p. 283.
  3. ^ Jobling, J.A. (2019). del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. (eds.). "Melanodryas". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive: Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  4. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2019). "Australasian robins, rockfowl, rockjumpers, Rail-babbler". World Bird List Version 9.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 16 June 2019.

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