Wednesday, October 17, 2012

European Robin

rosberond has added a photo to the pool:

European Robin

The European Robin (Erithacus rubecula), commonly known in English-speaking Europe simply as the Robin, is a small, insectivorous, passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family (Turdidae), but is now considered to be a chat. The adult is about 12.5 – 14.0 cm (5.0 – 5.5 in) in length. The male, in particular, has an orange/red breast, 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.

The term Robin is also applied to some birds in other families with red or orange breasts. These include the American Robin (Turdus migratorius), which is a thrush (and much bigger), and the Australian red robins of the genus Petroica.

Source: Catchy Colors Pool

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