Background

The adult Robin is one of the most distinctive birds found in Britain. A small bird, the robin is easily identifiable by the brightly coloured orange/brown breast. Distinguishing between the sexes of these birds is difficult as both the males and females share the same colouration and patterns.

Habitat

This species is commonly found throughout Europe and western Asia living in hedgerows and grassy areas such as parks and woodlands.

Diet

Seeds, berries and terrestrial invertebrates such as worms and spiders.

Predators & Threats

For adults, there are only a few predators including hawks, snakes, cats and dogs. However, the juveniles are prey for some species of squirrels, a wider variety of birds as well as the species that feed on the adults.

Facts

  • Robins use their “song” to hold their territories and ward off competition.
  • It is thought that each Robin has a unique plumage pattern on the breast, and therefore individuals can be identified.
Common Name(s)Scientific Name
Robin, European Robin.Erithacus rubecula
Size
 10 – 15 cm
Lifespan
 2 – 6 years.

Best Time to Look

All year round.

 

Where to find Robin