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Bird Guide: Robin

Our Robin bird guide will help you to get to know your red-breasted garden friend better. You can spot Robins all year round, but are a familiar sight in winter and on Christmas cards. It’s impossible to tell the difference between male and female birds as they look identical. Young birds are golden brown in colour with no red breast. Despite their cute appearance, they can be very territorial and aggressive to unwanted intruders. They love eating insects, fruit and seeds.

To find out more about other birds, look at our interactive bird guide.


BTO Facts

According Garden BirdWatch data, which has been collected since 1995, they are most frequently seen during January in around 93% of gardens. Robin numbers in gardens have remained relatively stable in gardens since Garden BirdWatch began. However, they are quite susceptible to cold winters, which do tend to have a negative effect on the population.




Robins are said to be the nations favourite bird. Characterised by their red breast and brown back



Can be spotted in most areas across the UK


Woodland and gardens

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Robins will lay two broods between March and July. Nests are made from moss, grass, leaves and will hold a clutch of 4-5 white and red speckled eggs. Incubation lasts 14-16 days.



21 cm

14 cm


Insects, fruits and seeds

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