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A Tale Of Two Robins

Posted May 28 2009 12:19am

Two birds with the same common name. They are both called Robin. The top photo is the American Robin that Lisa mentioned in a comment..
The lower photo is one of my garden birds, the Common European Robin. They both have red breasts though.
The American Robin is a Song Thrush and state bird of Conneticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Robin
Apparently three of the birds have even found their way across the Atlantic Ocean to the UK! They must have been blown over by the trade winds.
The American Robin also made it into the musical Mary Poppins, as a film error building a nest outside their window.
The European Robin is my friend the garden bird who sits on my fence post every day looking into the garden and guarding his territory.
In the UK robins take a starring role every year on traditional Christmas cards. The Rspb loves robins in snowy garden photos. They have been part of the culture since the middle ages, as Robin Redbreast..
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Robin
I thought they might have been related, but they are totally different species. A tale of two Robins.
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