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Robin Red Breast

The distinctive red breast of both sexes of Robins led to the European Robin's original name of 'Redbreast'. In the fifteenth century, when it became popular to give human names to familiar species, the bird came to be known as Robin Redbreast (or Robin Red Breast), which was eventually shortened to Robin.

The Robin belongs to a group of mainly insectivorous birds that have been variously assigned to the thrushes or 'flycatchers'. The Robin has a fluting, warbling song in the breeding season, when they often sing into the evening, and sometimes into the night, leading some to confuse them with the Nightingale.

The British and European Robin with the distinctive red breast

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "European Robin".

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