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