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Robin (Erithacus Rubecula)
Written by www.vinehousefarm.co.uk
These brightly coloured small birds commonly found in many gardens and are one of Britain's favourite birds. The robin will take the juicy insects and worms as quickly as they appear. They are territorial and very aggressive in nature and have a ferocious appetite. Their brightly coloured red breast is their most attractive feature and for this reason the robin is seen on Christmas cards.
One of the most distinctive birds seen in Britain and certainly the best loved. Both male and female birds are identical with their red breast and olive brown upper parts. The juveniles lack the red breast and has a speckled breast.
Commonly seen throughout the UK.
Breeds in woods and copses with plenty of undergrowth. They are also commonly seen in hedges, gardens, parks. Not that commonly seen in the open countryside.
They normally have two broods per year. The robin will virtually nest anywhere and in anything. The nest is made up of grass, leaves, and moss and lined with hair. They will often use an open fronted nest box in gardens.
Insects, worms, snails, seeds and fruit form the back bone to the Robins diet. They are commonly seen in gardens at bird tables and can be attracted by a number of products. Robins especially enjoy live mealworms, and you can have great fun in watching them feed. Other products that they enjoy are sunflower hearts, sunflower heart chips, Won't Grow Mix, Ultimate Energy with Mealworms, Ultimate energy with Suet, fat balls and suet pellets.
Here are over 5.9 million pairs in Britain with the current population stable.