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Erithacus rubecula


A second video can be viewed here: but it focussed on the background leaves instead of the bird.


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Historically known thoughout Europe simply as Robin in the English language. It is only the Americans who seem to add "European" to everything found in Europe but not in America. A list of historic English names can be found here:
When Europeans first discovered America and started to move there they gave the same names they were used to to similar looking birds which they found there even though they were actually totally different species. The Birding authorities there have since added the prefix "American" to their own species, and "European" to those found in Europe, and also "Common" to some species. European is not true in the case of the Robin as it is also found in Northern Asia, through to Siberia and northern Africa. Over the years many variations of name have been used, including English Robin and Robin Redbreast
The American Robin is not a Robin at all, it is actually a member of the Thrush family. Robins (there are many species) used to be included in the Thrush family (Turdus), having started out in the Wagtail family (Motacilla), but are now considered to be Chats!
In fact Common names vary from country to country and it is for this reason the the Latin Scientific name, also known as Binomial, is the most important field in our database, as that alone is used for positive identification.
Where I live a Robin is called a Petirrojo!

hernandezwolf99 7 years ago

It's a European robin. Very beautiful

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

nice images malcolm!

England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Apr 4, 2014
Submitted on Apr 22, 2014

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