One of the best known species of wild bird in Britain, the robin is one of the easiest garden birds to identify.
All adult robins have a very distinctive red breast and are greyish brown all over. Its round stout shape is also a characteristic unique to robins amongst garden birds. Juvenile robins do not display the recognisable red breast of the adults and instead have a breast that is mottled with dark brown, their overall colour also errs more towards brown than it does grey.
A surprising fact about the robin is that its species name was only officially listed in 1952, before this they were officially referred to as redbreasts or ruddocks.
Even though robins are considered to be a bird that is associated with winter and Christmas, they are actually a bird that is native to Britain and can be seen all year round. Their association with Christmas is thought to come from the 18th century when Christmas cards were delivered by postmen wearing bright red uniforms. The postmen became known as ‘redbreasts' or ‘robins' and the bird became a symbol on Christmas cards representing the postmen who delivered them.
Robins are a softbill bird and are mostly interested in eating fruit and insects, in cold winter months they also rely on the provision of suet products but one of the robin's favourite foods regardless of the time of year is dried mealworms.