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Interesting facts about the Robin

  1. Juvenile robins have a brown rather than red breast; they grow the red feathers after their first moult.
  2. British robins seldom move far from where they hatched, but many Finnish and Swedish robins migrate to the Mediterranean for the winter.
  3. At the end of the Victorian era robin skins became popular adornments for ladies’ hats.
  4. Until the early years of the 20th century the robin was usually known as the redbreast.
  5. The robin is a member of the thrush family, so is related to the blackbird and the nightingale.
  6. Both male and female robins hold their own territories in the winter, so both sexes sing the same winter song.
  7. The robin was declared Britain’s National Bird on December 15th, 1960.
  8. The first British postmen wore red coats, and gained the nickname of robin or redbreast.
  9. Robins are short-lived: the record for longevity is held by a ringed bird that survived until it was over eight.
  10. Ringing recoveries of British-ringed robins have shown that the most frequent cause of death is being killed by a cat.

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Acknowledgements: Extracts taken from Living With Birds

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