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.
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.
Robins usually make their nests out of grass and dead leaves, and they can choose a variety of sites for this – anywhere where there is a suitable hole. They’ll therefore be quite happy in an open-fronted nestbox.
Two or three clutches of five or six eggs are laid during the breeding season, which starts in spring.
Robins will eat worms, insects, seeds and fruit in the wild. However, they’ll happily eat from a bird feeder, and are particularly fond of sunflower.