Robins are common and widespread throughout the district. Some of them, like the Hooded Robin, are quite distinctive and unlikely to be confused. Others however, such the red-breasted ones can be a little challenging, especially when dealing with female and immature birds.
Juvenile Yellow Robin
Probably the most widespread in the Yellow Robin. It is very adaptable and can be found in a variety of habitats. Both male and female are quite similar, but young birds can be a little confusing.
Male Scarlet Robin
Female Scarlet Robin
The male has a distinctive scarlet breast and the female has a less showy colour which is rather more orange than the male. Not to be confused with the Flame Robin whose colour extends further up the throat – see below.
Male Flame Robin
Flame Robin – female
Flame robins, as their name implies, have more of a flame or orange colouring. The colour also extends right up to its chin, unlike the Scarlet.
An altitudinal migrant, the Flame Robin is generally to be seen from Autumn until early spring in lower areas and higher habitats in summer.
Hooded Robin – male
Hooded Robin – juvenile
Red-capped Robin male
Female Red-capped Robin – just a hint of red on the head
The Red-capped Robin is a striking bird that can be seen in some locations in the district, especially in autumn and winter.
A bird of moister areas although they do move about over winter.
And of course the complications such as the Mistletoebird. Although it has a bright red breast and is about the same size as robins this species is quite different to the robins. It is widespread in the area, and is the name implies, has a preference for Mistletoe.