European Robin

European Robin
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The European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) or, in Anglophone Europe, simply Robin is a small insectivorous passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family (Turdidae), but is now considered to belong to the Old World flycatchers (Muscicapidae). Around 12.5 – 14.0 centimetres (5.0 – 5.5 in) in length, the male and female are similar in colouration, with a orange breast and face lined with grey, brown upperparts and a whitish belly. It is found across Europe, east to Western Siberia and south to North Africa. it is sedentary in most of its range except the far north.

The term Robin is also applied to some unrelated birds in other countries that bear red breasts. These include the American Robin (Turdus migratorius), which is actually a thrush, and the Australian Red Robins of the genus Petroica, which are more closely related to crows.