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A small grey and white robin with a darker eyestripe and black T-shape on the tail with white flanks. The four different races have slightly different greys on the back and crown. They are silent in flight, but have a range of calls: a two-note whistle; hard 'chuk' or 'chit'; falling 'pee-pee-peer'. 14-16 cm.
There are four subspecies: cinereiceps (northern WA) and alligator (NT) are endemic to Australia, pulverulenta occurs in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea while leucura occurs in Papua New Guinea and north-eastern Queensland.
Placed in genus Eopsaltria by some authorities.
Tropical mangrove forests
Mangrove Robins are often seen in small family groups and tend to stay low or on the ground among the mangrove roots. They are not particularly shy, but usually stay in shadow. The nest is a grass-lined cup in the fork of a mangrove with two pale green spotted eggs.
"Birds of Australia, 7th Edition", K. Simpson and N. Day, A&C Black, 2007, ISBN 978-0-7136-6982-4
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