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The European Robin Erithacus rubecula, (robin redbreast) is a small insectivorous passerine bird that was formerly classified as a member of the thrush family (Turdidae), but is now considered to be an Old World flycatcher (Muscicapidae). Around 12.5–14.0 cm (5.0–5.5 in) in length, the male and female have similar colouration, with an orange breast and face lined with grey, brown upperparts and a whitish belly. It is found across the temperate north and south to North Africa; it does not migrate except the far north.
The name Robin is also applied to some birds in other families with red or orange breasts. These include the American Robin (Turdus migratorius), and the Australian red robins Petroica.
These birds are often very tame and as in this ccase often arrive as you are digging up the soil. Yhey catch many insects and pests and therefore are invaluable in keeping the garden pest free.

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