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A brilliant plume of red Red-capped Robin

Noongar name - Demokarlitj

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The Red-capped Robin is most commonly found in dry areas with little water like Rottnest Island. They can be found in the Island’s Tea Tree woodland and they also live in the Wattle thickets. You might be lucky enough to spot them around Bickley swamp or Henrietta Rocks.

The Red-capped Robin is the smallest of Australia’s five red-breasted robins. It has been present on Rottnest since the Island was cut off from mainland about 7,000 years ago and It is believed to be genetically slightly different from the mainland population.

Where you can find a Red-capped Robin

Conservation Status

Not listed under IUCN (2016). All Rottnest Island’s fauna is protected under the Rottnest Island Authority Act.
  • Extinct
  • Extinct in Wild
  • Critically Endangered
  • Endangered
  • Vulnerable
  • Near Threatened
  • Least Concerned

Help keep Rottnest healthy

  • Do ride carefully on the Island
  • Do keep to designated tracks
  • Do enjoy watching them on their own terms

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