The European Robin—Bird Facts And Photos

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The European Robin is one of my favorite small birds. Here are some bird facts, photos, and recording of robin calls.

Robin is My Favorite Tiny Bird

I think my robin crush began when I first watched Gladiator (OMG this movie is already 22 years old). At the opening scene, a beautiful robin adds a tiny but significant color to the blueish gray Germanic forest and puts a smile on Maximus’ face. I was very much entertained.

European or American?

Once I uploaded a photo of a cute robin to Reddit, and someone told me it’s not a robin. I started doubting myself. Can someone gaslight you over a robin photo? I know what robins are! Or do I? So, I checked, and found out that there’s an American robin as well. The two don’t really look alike, and indeed, they are not closely related. The European Robin, the one I know, belongs to a different family.

Let’s see a comparison:

Which one would you more typically call a robin? Let me know in the comments.

Don’t like Robins?

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European Robin – Bird Facts

The European Robin is an insectivorous passerine. It’s small (about 12.5–14.0 cm, or 4.9–5.5 in) and weights only 16–22 g (0.56–0.78 oz). Despite its small size, it carries an incredible amount of cuteness, and is one of my favorite birds to watch and film. I see them, not very often, when I go to the park or the forest. In some cases, I could hear a robin call even before seeing it. These birds have a typical ‘tic tic tic’ calls (hear the robin’s songs and calls here)

Robins are diurnal, that is, active during the day. If I’m incredibly lucky, one would also come and have some wormies from my balcony bird feeder.

Both male and female robins look the same, but male robins tend to be more aggressive and fiercely protect their territory. For this reason, males typically do not migrate (read about bird migration here). Robins begin nesting at the beginning of spring. The female lays around 4-6 eggs, and the male feeds her and the young with tasty bugs. Robins can have 2-3 clutches per year.

My Robin Pictures

Want to see more lovely robins? Check out this gallery and get your robin merch here!

More Resources

  1. Read more about American Robins.
  2. European Robin—Bird song and calls.
  3. More robin facts.
  4. Bird migration—Navigation mechanism.

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