- If a robin is fed during the winter, it will carry on returning to the area for the whole winter.
- Around 3 quarters of all robins in Britain, either through being unable to fend or becoming prey, die before their first birthday.
- Robin’s singing is often mistaken for that of a nightingales. This is supposedly due to street lights confusing the birds and making them believe it’s still daylight.
- Robins actually have quite the sweet tooth, being known to steal fruit cake and uncooked sweetened pastries.
- The Latin name for the robin is Erithacus rubecula.
- The robin’s famous red breast is actually an orange coloring. This is due to the birds being named before English had developed the word orange.
- It’s believed that robins are able to view the earth’s magnetic field via a special visual system known as magnetoreception.
- A strange feature for the bird world is that the female and male species of robins are virtually identical. Some claim there is a slight difference in breast shape.
- The robin that lands on Mary Poppins’ finger isn’t actually a European Red Robin, but actually an American variant.
- Baby robins hatch after about 2 weeks, and in 3 they become independent.
So there we have it, 20 facts to amaze and delight anyone during those dull moments this Christmas.
From the origin of the Christmassy-link of robins to their orange color, the humble robin is quite the creature with a lot more than simply chirping up its sleeve.
I for one love the little, albeit noisy birds, and can’t wait to look out at Christmas to see one even with the tiny chance of a White Christmas.
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