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Components to think about when deciding on a robin – 10,000 Birds


    Choosing the right robin that matches your wants will be complicated and anxious. The duty shouldn’t be made simpler by some birds which might be robins in title solely, such because the American Robin, a typical RINO (robin in title solely).

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    For these severe about robins, the selection will more than likely come right down to both the European Robin or the Japanese Robin. On this put up, I’ll inform you what to remember once you select between certainly one of these two robins.

    A European Robin

    A Japanese Robin

    Allow us to begin with a comparability of dimension. Whereas the European Robin measures 12.5-14 cm, the Japanese Robin is a bit longer at 14-15 cm – a minor benefit for the Japanese species, until you might be very restricted with regard to area.

    A feminine Japanese Robin, stretch model

    Surprisingly, this dimension benefit shouldn’t be fairly matched by a corresponding weight distinction. European Robins weigh between 14 and 25 grams whereas the HBW lists 17 g for the Japanese Robin (it appears these birds are a bit extra constant of their weight, or – extra doubtless – have been studied much less intensively). In any case, the typical weight of each robins is sort of comparable.


    In the case of selection, the European Robin (with 8 subspecies) clearly has a bonus over the monotypic Japanese Robin. So, if customization is your factor, this might be an necessary consider your robin alternative.

    A European Robin, more than likely subspecies rubecula

    No subspecies accessible for the Japanese Robin, a limitation in client alternative

    Then again, the Japanese Robin provides selection between the 2 sexes, with a extra brightly coloured, flashier male and a extra subdued feminine – a function the European Robin is missing.

    A feminine Japanese Robin …

    … and a male.

    And an androgynous European Robin.

    How in regards to the eating regimen? Each robin species are omnivorous, feeding on bugs, fruit, and seeds. No main distinction with regard to this facet then.


    European Robins are partially migratory whereas most Japanese Robins migrate to hotter areas in winter. This limits their look on Christmas playing cards however shouldn’t be essentially an obstacle until you might be afraid of internet hosting a robin nervously pacing up and down as soon as “Zugunruhe” hits the hen.


    Whereas Japanese persons are typically identified for his or her work ethics, this doesn’t fairly appear to use to the Japanese Robin. With solely 3-5 eggs per breeding try, it’s much less productive than the European Robin with its 4-7 eggs. Nevertheless, the incubation time for each species is sort of comparable at 12-21 days for the European Robin (with a mean of 14 days) in comparison with 12-15 days for the Japanese species.

    A juvenile European Robin

    A bit later

    Presumably a juvenile male Japanese Robin

    Each species are labeled as Least Concern, and the inhabitants development is steady. There doesn’t appear to be a inhabitants dimension quantity for the Japanese Robin accessible – presumably it’s decrease than the quantity for the European Robin (greater than 50 million), however that is simply my guess.

    One out of greater than 50 million (European Robin)

    One out of an unknown quantity (feminine Japanese Robin)

    In fact, a robin shouldn’t solely be practical and helpful but in addition enchantment to the senses. So, how about seems to be? The HBW describes the Japanese Robin as a “charismatic and brightly coloured hen”. However then, eBird signifies that the European Robin is a “distinctive and charismatic little hen with a vibrant orangey face and breast”. It’s onerous to see a serious distinction there.

    So, which robin can we advocate? Frankly, it is determined by your private preferences. The desk beneath offers an outline of the variations and lots of similarities between each species, with the facets marked in inexperienced highlighting some great benefits of every species.

    We hope that this put up has given you a transparent overview of which issues are necessary when deciding on a robin. Nevertheless, selecting can nonetheless be onerous. Take your time on this. You might find yourself having the robin for a number of years and want to verify it fits your life – and the robin you select impacts your life in a large number of how. That’s the reason it’s worthwhile to decide precisely the best one.