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The robin is one of Ireland's favourite birds. It is very friendly and will often perch on windowsills, and is not afraid of approaching humans! It is very easy to recognise a robin because of its orange-red coloured breast.

Robin on a rock
Copyright John Kennedy

It is the female robin that builds the nest. She likes to build it in cracks in walls, hedges or tree stumps. She has even been know to nest in tin cans. If you put an open-fronted nest box outside, you are likely to find a robin nesting there too.

Robins live on a diet of worms, insects, snails and fruit. It has a sweet tooth and will sometimes even take fruitcake from your hand!

The robin is a very territorial bird so it does not like it at all if another robin trespasses into its area. If another robin come too close, it puffs up its little red breast and sings out loud to warn him off!

You can listen to the robin’s song here. 

Robin Video