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Mangrove robin (Peneothello pulverulenta)
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Petroicidae
Genus: Peneothello
Mathews, 1920
Type species
Poecilodryas sigillata[1]
De Vis, 1890

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

The genus Peneothello was introduced by the Australian born ornithologist Gregory Mathews in 1920 with white-winged robin (Peneothello sigillata) as the type species.[2] The name combines the Latin pene "almost" and othello. Othello is the "Moorish" (i.e. black) Shakespeare character.[3]


The genus contains the following five species:[4]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Peneothello sigillata White-winged robin New Guinea
Peneothello cryptoleuca Smoky robin West Papua, Indonesia.
Peneothello cyanus Slaty robin New Guinea
Peneothello bimaculata White-rumped robin New Guinea
Peneothello pulverulenta Mangrove robin Aru Islands, New Guinea, and northern Australia.


  1. ^ "Pectroicidae". The Trust for Avian Systematics. Retrieved 2023-07-16.
  2. ^ Mathews, Gregory (1920). Birds of Australia. Vol. 8. London: Witherby. p. 185.
  3. ^ Jobling, J.A. (2019). del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. (eds.). "Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 16 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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