Year of 2017

Robin perched on a rose hip branch in Norfolk, England

This European robin looks cozy on its perch here amid the falling snow in Norfolk, England. The charming bird has been associated with Christmas in Britain since Victorian times when postmen in red tunics—called ‘robins’—would deliver Christmas cards. These days the robin is regularly featured on holiday decorations, and the songster remains a year-round favorite. In 2015, Britons affirmed their affection when they voted for the species to become their national bird.

The European robin, known simply as the robin or robin redbreast in the British Isles, is a small insectivorous passerine bird, specifically a chat, that was formerly classified as a member of the thrush family but is now considered to be an Old World flycatcher. About 12.5–14.0 cm in length, the male and female are similar in colouration, with an orange breast and face lined with grey, brown upperparts and a whitish belly. It is found across Europe, east to Western Siberia and south to North Africa; it is sedentary in most of its range except the far north.
Lifespan: 1.10 years on average
Scientific name: Erithacus rubecula
Length: 4.72 inch (12 cm) – 5.51 inch (14 cm)
Clutch size: 5 – 6
Wingspan: 7.87 inch (20 cm) – 8.66 inch (22 cm)
Weight: 0.04 pound (0.02 kg) – 0.05 pound (0.02 kg)
European Robin Range
Green=Year-Round, Yellow=Summer, Blue=Winter. Source: Self-Generated from eBird Basic Dataset 2015.