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The Robin

The Robin
A robin (Erithacus rubecula) © RSPB www.rspb-images.com

England's favourite bird is a tough customer, like its compatriots. Famed for its melodic song and its gorgeous red waistcoat, it is fearless enough to eat out of your hand if you're lucky.

Its starring role on Christmas cards reflects the fact that it is tough enough to endure the northern winter, where other more wimpish creatures head south. Celebrated in the poetic lines of Keats and Blake, among others, the robin is also the innocent victim in the nursery rhyme "Who Killed Cock Robin?".


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