Saturday, 15 August 2009

European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

OTHER NAMES: Robin, Redbreast
Latin Etymology: Erithacus (unidentified species) rubecula ("robin")
Adult Eurasian Robin (subspecies E. r. melophilus) at Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall - April 2015

Featured Subspecies: Erithacus rubecula melophilus
Weight: 16-22g  /  Length: 13-14cm  /  Wingspan: 20-22cm
UK GREEN LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

By a long long way the most common and famous member of the chat group, robins are a garden regular but seem to find homes in all sorts of environments. Easy to spot and frequently easy to photograph - these bold little birds are quite possibly one of the easiest of all photographable species - in some places I've encountered them they have been bold enough to take the crumbs right off the plate on your table! 

Related Species: 
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Erithacus
Subspecies: E. r. melophilus, E. r. rubecula, E. r. superbus, E. r. witherbyi, E. r. balcanicus, E. r. valens, E. r. hyrcanus, E. r. tataricus     

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Abundant resident (6,700,000 territories)

 - Seen at a very large number of sites including but not limited to Rutland WaterRainham MarshesRegent's ParkKensington GardensPitsford Reservoir and Geddington.

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red ListRSPBWikipedia, Xeno-canto

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