Saturday, 15 August 2009

European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

Adult Eurasian Robin (subspecies E. r. melophilus) at Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall - April 2015

OTHER NAMES: Robin, Redbreast
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 Information: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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