ROBIN TIME

Now is a good time of year to see Robins in our gardens. They tend to be much fatter and their breasts are more red than at other times of the year.

Here is some really interesting facts about Robins:

  • Average lifespan: 2 years

  • IUCN Red List category: least concern

  • Scientific name: Erithacus rubecula

  • Males and females look identical, sporting a brown back, white belly and red breast, face and cheeks. In contrast, juveniles are speckled gold and brown, only developing the distinctive red plumage in adulthood.

  • A robin's diet consists of seeds, fruits, insects, worms and other invertebrates. It will also visit garden bird tables and feeders to feed on scraps and mealworms.

  • Using dead leaves, moss and hair, the female builds a cup-shaped nest low to the ground. She hides it in nooks and crannies in tree roots, or among shrubs and climbers, such as ivy. More unusual nesting locations include old wellies and plant pots.

Other facts about Robins can be found here.


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