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Northern scrub robin

Northern scrub robin
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Petroicidae
Genus: Drymodes
D. superciliaris
Binomial name
Drymodes superciliaris
Gould, 1850
Bird illustration by Elizabeth Gould for Birds of Australia

The northern scrub robin (Drymodes superciliaris) is a species of bird in the family Petroicidae. It is found in northern Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia.[2] It was found to be genetically distinct from the Papuan scrub robin, which were thought to be members of the same species.[3]

A putative subspecies D. s. colcloughi, known as the Roper River scrub robin, was described by Gregory Mathews in 1914 from specimens supposedly collected from the Northern Territory of Australia. However, there have been no further records from the area, the provenance of the specimens has been questioned, and the taxon is controversial.[4]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2017). "Drymodes superciliaris". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T103737960A112806417. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T103737960A112806417.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Species profile—Drymodes superciliaris (northern scrub-robin)". Species information. Queensland Government. Retrieved 4 April 2024.
  3. ^ Christidis, L; Irestedt, M; Rowe, D; Boles, W E & Norman, J A (2011). "Mitochondrial and nuclear DNA phylogenies reveal a complex evolutionary history in the Australasian robins (Passeriformes: Petroicidae)" (PDF). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 61 (3): 726–738. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.08.014. PMID 21867765.
  4. ^ Schodde, R. & Mason, I.J. (1999). The Directory of Australian Birds: Passerines. Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing. pp. 390–391. ISBN 0-643-06456-7.

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