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Robin

Erithacus rubeculax

Description:
This small, brown bird is about 13 centimetres long. Adults have a rusty-red bib, while young robins have spotted plumage and no bib.

Habitat:
Resident in most of Europe but migratory in Northern Europe, the robin breeds in woodland, gardens, parks and the edges of forests, generally in dense vegetation and open areas.

Habits:
With drooped wings, the robin hops rapidly over the ground with its feet together, curtseys and cocks its short tail. It perches motionless, makes a sudden movement, then stands still again. It nests in hollow stumps, banks and crevices and feeds on insects, snails and worms.

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