The Robin, Interactive Fact File No.1
<div><span style="font-size:24px;"><b>Quantum eye</b></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>The Robin's eye</b> is unique among avian animals. It has been proposed by scientists that the Robin is able to sense small quantum changes by tampering with the magnetic field surrounding the bird.</span></div> Migration via quantum mechanics
<div><span style="font-size:24px;"><b>Basic Facts</b></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Voted in as British national bird in 2015, the Robin is arguably most famous of all garden birds throughout the UK. Its characteristic plumage, year-round presence, orange breast and confident nature all combine to create a highly memorable bird. </span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">1. <b>In winter</b>, the Robin often inflates its plumage to insulate its body against harsh, cold winds</span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">2. <b>Both parents</b> take responsibility for raising their chicks</span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">3. <b>Quick tip</b>: if you want to see a Robin, try digging in your garden. Any overturned soil may uncover earthworms, which Robins love to eat</span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">4. <b>Robins are</b> incredibly territorial, and will often fight to the death to defend a “plot” of land</span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">5. <b>In the UK alone</b>, there are approximately 6,700,000 breeding pairs</span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">7. <b>Robins live</b> just a few years on average, although there has been a recorded case of a Robin living to the ripe age of 11 years and 5 months</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:24px;"><b>Breeding</b></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Robins formally begin their courtship in January but only breed around March. The cup-shaped nest is built solely by the female, although the male is a dominant “breadwinner” during this period of time, providing up to a third of his mate’s sustenance.</span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">1. <b>A typical clutch</b> contains between 4 – 6 eggs, with around a single egg laid per day</span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">2. <b>Robins commonly</b> have two broods, and, depending on circumstance, can have up to three broods in a given year</span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">3. <b>Robins are</b> incredibly sensitive to disturbance. If they sense their nest has been discovered, there’s a strong chance they could abandon it.</span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">4. <b>Chicks can</b> be tended to for up to three weeks before being set free to fend for themselves</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:24px;"><b>Feeding</b></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">There are four main types of food for Robins: worms, seeds, fruits and insects. Worms are caught by the Robin swooping down and snatching quickly from the ground. Over winter, both males and females hold separate breeding territories, which they will enthusiastically defend. </span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">1. <b>If you have</b> some spare cake, try putting some out for your Robins. You’ll find they have a bit of a sweet tooth.</span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">2. <b>Our specially-formulated</b> Robin and Softbill seed mix is perfect for Robins</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>A collection</b> of Robin shorts, highlighting some of their common behavioural patterns.</span></div><div><br></div> Bird Sounds : Robin Birds Singing & Chirping - BEAUTIFUL 8 Hour HD video and beautiful bird sounds : Video Produced by Paul Dinning - Wildlife in Cornwall Fi...
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Listen to the song of Robin. </span></div><div><br></div> Robin Bird Song - Singing with Passion : I've filmed hundreds of robins over the years, but this one definitely has the loudest voice - The video is replayed... GardenBird offer the widest range of bird food & accessories online, including our unique range of Ultiva® seed mixes.
<div><span style="font-size:24px;"><b>Orange breast</b></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>The Robin's orange breast</b> is its most characteristic feature. </span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Put simply, this bright and distinctive front is used mainly for defence of territory, and not for attracting a potential partner.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:24px;"><b>Wings</b></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">The Robin has an average wing span of between 20 - 22cm (8 - 9") and is a dull-brown colour, contrasting with the brightness of the orange breast.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:24px;"><b>The bill</b></span></div><div><br></div><div><b><span style="font-size:16px;">The Robin's bill</span></b><span style="font-size:16px;">, known as "tweezers", have adapted specifically for the consumption of insects and worms. </span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Particularly useful for snatching food from the ground, the beak is a shortish yet slender appendage.</span></div>

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