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extract from RSPB

The robin is one of the few birds that hold a territory all year round. In summer a territory is defended by a mated pair, while each bird holds individual winter territories.

Breeding territories average 0.55 ha in size - about six would fit onto an average-sized football pitch while winter territories are around half of this. The exact size depends on the quality of habitat and the density of birds in the area. In some areas, such as Scottish pinewoods with well-spaced, mature trees and few shrubs, breeding densities can be as low as 10 pairs per sq km, while a lowland woodland can support as many as 200-300 pairs per sq km.

Territory boundaries are fluid, and change frequently as circumstances change.

The sole purpose of a robin's red breast is in territory defence: it is not used in courtship. A patch of red triggers territorial behaviour, and robins are known to persistently attack stuffed robins and even tufts of red feathers.

However my two little Robin mates seem to get on OK in the same area, perhaps they are one male and one female !!!

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Comments (9)

Jean THIERS on February 10, 2013

LIKE. Belle prise! En effet trés rare de voir deux de ces oiseaux côte à côte! Ils sont le plus souvent très querelleurs, pour leur territoire!

Bonjour d'Albi. Jean.

Nick Weall on February 10, 2013

Jean THIERS, ~ Hello John ~ Yes vicious little thugs really fighting one and all to hold on to what they have ~ but they have won a place in our hearts ~ Best wishes to you in beautiful Albi ~ nick

Nick Weall on February 10, 2013

Steve Drury, Yes I'm sure you are right Steve ~ I never realised before that the female of the species looked much the same, so it good to still be learning things and with birds I have much to learn :))) Thanks for the like too ~ All the best ~ nick

Nadia Kushnir on February 11, 2013


Nick Weall on February 11, 2013

nadiakushnir ~ Thanks dear Nadia :~)

Patrick Barreaux on March 15, 2013

like 3 deux mâles qui se tournent le dos ! :-) En général, ils se chassent, un seul par territoire ! Tu as vraiment une très belle collection d'oiseaux ! Bien cordialement Patrick

Nick Weall on March 15, 2013

Pat BARREAUX, ~ I think that this is one male and one female Pat ~ I'm glad that you like my collection of birds ~ I wish you a good weekend ~ nick

Patrick Barreaux on March 15, 2013

tu as raison Nick, le mâle et la femelle sont presque identiques, avec une couronne, des ailes, le dessus et la queue de couleur brune, une bande grise sur les côtés de la gorge, un ventre blanc et la fameuse « gorge rouge » L'identification des jeunes peut se révéler difficile, car il leur manque la tache rouge. Je prenais les jeunes pour les femelles :-)

Nick Weall on March 15, 2013

Pat BARREAUX ~ Thanks Pat we agree then :~)

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