This is one of the few birds that many residents of the USA know by name… but it is THAT NAME that makes many people in the UK a bit confused. No matter where you live, each version has the classic “red breast”.
If you live anywhere in North America, you have probably seen this bird in a park or your own yard, cocking its head to the side, listening to worms just below the surface of the ground.
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The red breast is unmistakeable, shared with its relative the eastern bluebird AND with the UK version of robin, which is not related at all! Confusingly, THIS robin is related instead to the UK blackbird, as in “Four and twenty BLACKBIRDS baked in a pie…”
This black-white-and-grey bird points its slender bill downwards – or tilts it comically upwards – as it spirals face-first down tree trunks and round and round branches, searching for insects to devour