European Robin

The European Robin (Erithacus rubecula caucasicus) is also called Robin Redbreast or Red Robin. It is a small passerine (perching) bird in the chat family. 

The European Robin is grey-brown with a distinctive orange-red breast and face, with a white belly. Its head, tail, and wings are olive-brown. Its legs and feet are brown. Its beak and eyes are black. The male and female are similar in appearance.

European Robin

European Robin

The European Robin can grow to about 12 centimetres (5 inches) tall.

The European Robin is found across Europe. The caucasicus sub-species is found in the Caucasus region, in countries such as Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. It prefers forests and woods, but also parks and gardens.

It is diurnal, active during the day. It is insectivorous, eating insects. It also eats earthworms. 

The European Robin nests in a variety of places, such as cracks in buildings, in flower pots and even in people’s hats. Females lay 2-3 cream-coloured eggs with reddish-brown specks.

European robin

European Robin

 

European robin

European Robin

 

European robin

European Robin

European Robin
European Robin
European Robin
European Robin

[Location of photographs: Tbilisi, Georgia]

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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