Red-capped RobinScientific name: Petroica goodenovii
Meaning of name: Petroica is from the Greek words petros, meaning rock, and oicos, meaning house. Goodenovii honours Bishop Samuel Goodenough (1743-1829), a naturalist and Vice-President of the Linnean Society of London.
Aboriginal name: Menekedang (men’e’ke’dang).
Distribution: Widespread but scattered throughout most of Australia.
Description: This bird is up to 12cm long with a 19cm wingspan.
Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 29km. The oldest bird recorded was still alive when its band was read in May 1996, 5 years 5.5 months after being banded (information as at 20 June 2012).
References: Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.
What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978
Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2 http://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/76-publications-and-resources/103-conservation-science-wa-journal
Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/science/abbbs/abbbs-search.html