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White-browed robin (Poecilodryas superciliosa)
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Petroicidae
Genus: Poecilodryas
Gould, 1865
Type species
Petroica cerviniventris[1]
Gould, 1858

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

The genus was erected by the English ornithologist and bird artist John Gould in 1865.[2] The type species was subsequently designated as the buff-sided robin (Poecilodryas cerviniventris).[3][4] The genus name combines the Ancient Greek poikilos "variegated" with dryad "tree-nymph".[5]


The genus contains four species:[6]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Poecilodryas brachyura Black-chinned robin northern New Guinea
Poecilodryas hypoleuca Black-sided robin Indonesia and Papua New Guinea
Poecilodryas superciliosa White-browed robin north-eastern Australia
Poecilodryas cerviniventris Buff-sided robin northern Australia

Formerly, some authorities also placed the following species (or subspecies) in the genus Poecilodryas:


  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. 287.
  3. ^ Sharpe, R. Bowdler (1879). Catalogue of the Passeriformes or Perching Birds in the Collection of the British Museum. Cichlomorphae Part 1. Catalogue of the Birds in the British Museum. Vol. 4. London: Trustees of the British Museum. pp. 240, 242.
  4. ^ Mayr, Ernst; Cottrell, G. William, eds. (1986). Check-list of Birds of the World. Vol. 11. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Museum of Comparative Zoology. p. 575.
  5. ^ Jobling, J.A. (2019). del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. (eds.). "Poecilodryas". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive: Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  6. ^ a b c 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.
  7. ^ "Pachycephala modesta - Avibase". Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  8. ^ "Carterornis chrysomela nitidus - Avibase". Retrieved 2017-01-21.
  9. ^ a b Mayr, Ernst; Cottrell, G. William, eds. (1986). Check-list of Birds of the World. Vol. 11. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Museum of Comparative Zoology. pp. 576–577.

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