Robin In The Snow

Robins are not only Britain’s favourite birds but they are the birds most associated with Christmas.

They are cocky, bold birds with plain brown backs, orange-red faces and bibs that are edged with grey. Juvenile robins are buff-brown with mottled breasts which slowly get redder as they grow.

Robins are territorial, even in winter and sing loudly from perches to keep away rivals. Their song is a fluent, musical but slightly wistful warble and they are one of the few birds you might hear singing on Christmas day.

Robin With Fat Ball

But despite their cute appearance robins can be so aggressive that they will fight to the death over territory disputes. In fact, in some robin populations 10 percent of adult mortality has been attributed to fights between individual birds.