CREATURE FEATURE: Pekin Robin

The Pekin Robin (Leiothrix lutea) is a small passerine (perching) bird. It is also known as the Red-Billed Leiothrix.

The Pekin Robin is olive-green on its back, with a bright orange-yellow throat and a yellow chin. It has a bright red beak and a yellow eye-ring. Its cheeks and neck are bluish-grey. The edges of its wing feathers are yellow, orange, red and black. Its tail is olive-brown and forked. The female is duller in colour than the male.

Pekin Robin

Pekin Robin

It measures about 15 centimetres (6 inches) tall.

The Pekin Robin is native to southern China and the Himalayas, in countries such as India, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, and Tibet. It prefers open habitats and forests.

It feeds on fruit and vegetation.

The Pekin Robin lives in a group of about 10-30 individuals.

Its nest is cup-shaped and made of dry leaves. The female lays 2-4 eggs.

Pekin Robin

Pekin Robin

[Location of photographs: London Zoo, England]

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls:SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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