Erithacus rubecula


The European population of this bird, is regarded as Secure by BirdLife International.

The tame nature of the robin allows often allows for unique close encounters. Robins are small brownish birds with a distinctive red breast, it can often be seen moving around the ground in a series of rapid hops.

The sexes are alike but the juvenile lacks the red breast and its whole plumage is finely spotted. This is to give them time to establish their own territories without being attacked by adult males.

Size: 12.5cm - 14cm

Weight: 15 - 21gms

Habitat: woodlands, gardens, parks, forest edge.

Nesting: Robins like holes in trees, wall recesses, dense climbers, open fronted nest boxes and unusual items such as kettles and gardening jacket pockets. They are usually a cup shape made from grass, leaves and lined with hair. To encourage Robins to nest in your garden, provide open nesting boxes placed amongst dense foliage such as Ivy.

Eggs: Typically 2 broods of 5-6 cream eggs with brown speckles.

Food: As well as their natural diet of snails, insects and berries, you can encourage robins into your garden with live mealworms, Gourmet Robin Blend, peanut cakes and fruits. Place on the ground or on a bird table.

Call: Recognisable by a short hard 'tick'; song is a well known pleasant warbling.

Characteristics: The Robin is a strong contender for the title of our nation's favourite bird due to its apparent tame nature and its willingness to follow gardeners around when digging, in search of worms. Robins defend their territories aggressively and there is rarely more than one male Robin per garden - in fact an acre of space is an average territory!

They are highly adaptable and return to gardens for food throughout the year. As well as their natural diet of snails, insects and berries, they are very keen on mealworms and will also take peanut granules, seeds, grated cheese and fat bars.