Autumn has arrived and this little European Robin is still hanging around.
A few interesting facts:
Robins were known as red breast because orange, as the name of a colour, was unknown in English until the sixteenth century by which time the fruit of that name had been introduced.
In winter, the robin puffs up its plumage to insulate its body against cold winds.
When the male robin has found a mate, he will strengthen their bond by bringing the female food, such as worms and caterpillars, which she begs for noisily while quivering her wings and is often mistaken by the observer to be the mother feeding the young.
British postmen used to be called robins because of their red tunics and the reason the robin is associated with Christmas cards is because these were delivered by the red-coated postmen ‘robins’.
The British affection for the robin, where-by they are known to be friendly and sociable birds with gardeners’ is not shared elsewhere in Europe, where they are shot for food or for sport.
October 31st, 2017
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