The robin is easily recognisable thanks to its bright red breast, and has become a popular icon of winter or Christmas. Find out more about the Robin in our wild bird library.

  • Facts

  • Nesting Habits

  • Food Preferences


The robin is a stocky bird, with orange-red colouring that covers the breast and face. The throat and cheeks are edged with grey, the lower belly is white, and the upper parts are an olive-grey. Male and female robins have very similar colourings.

Robins live all year round in the UK and central Europe, but are joined during the winter months by robins that have migrated south from Scandinavia.

They are very territorial birds, and will defend their territories to the death. They can overcome their fear of humans sufficiently so that they can sometimes become tame enough to take seed from your hand.

Nesting Habits

Food Preferences