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Copyright: ibrahim erden (bismarck) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 33] (408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF NIKKOR 70-300MM 1:4-5.6G
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-18 14:54
Viewed: 2918
Points: 2
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The European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family, but is now considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae. European Robins and similar small European species are often called chats.

It is a common European songbird, known for its pugnacious behaviour despite its diminutive size.

Robins have a fluting, warbling song in the breeding season. Both males and females sing during the winter, when they hold separate territories, the song then sounding more plaintive than the summer version. Robins often sing into the evening, and sometimes into the night, leading some to confuse them with the Nightingale.

Robins build a neat cup nest in crevices, holes or articial sites such as discarded kettles. When juvenile birds fly from the nests thay are all brown in colour and do not have a red breast. After 2 to 3 months out of the nest, the juvenile birds grow some reddish feathers under their chins and over a further 2 to 3 months this patch gradually extends to complete the adult appearance (approx times only).

The Robin is well-known to British and Irish gardeners: it is relatively unafraid of humans and likes to come close when anyone is digging the soil, in order to look out for worms and other food freshly turned up; when the gardener stops for a break the robin will often use the handle of the spade as a lookout point. Robins in continental Europe are more wary. Robins also follow large wild animals, such as wild hogs, and other animals which disturb the ground for any food that might be brought to the surface.

British Robins are largely resident but a small minority, usually female, migrate to Spain and southern Europe during winter.

Scandinavian and Russian Robins migrate to Britain to escape the harsher winters. These migrants can be recognised by the greyer tone to their upperparts and more orange breast.

The "Robin Redbreast" has much folklore surrounding it (especially various explanations as to how it acquired its blood-red front) and has become strongly associated with Christmas, taking a starring role on many a Christmas card. The robin has also appeared on many Christmas postage stamps.

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  • [2006-01-19 0:27]

Very good shot of that Robin, good composition, a very good exposure and very sharp. Thanks Ibrahim,


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