Tonyblack wrote:raisindot wrote:Wow. I wonder if this is unique to European robins.
We gets tons of them up here starting around April and we'll often get four or more wandering around the back yard looking for worms. I've never seen any of them fight with each other or attack anything else. Cardinals I've seen scaring away smaller birds at the feeder. I've seen swallows and crows attacking hawks. Blue jays will attack people if you get close enough. But robins? Not a one!
This is a subject of great amusement between Sharlene and me as an American Robin and a European one are like totally different birds. I call the American ones red-breasted blackbirds and Sharlene insists (with tongue in cheek) that European robins aren't robins at all.
For a start European robins are about half the size of the American ones and the European one is a very common sight on Christmas cards, whereas over there you tend to have cardinals.
Magpies might good Feegle pets as well. I have seen magpies mobbing buzzards before now and once saw two magpies taking it in turn to attack a cat.
American Robins are actually members of the Thrush family (Turdus migratorius). Where as the European Robin is related to the Flycatcher family (Erithacus rubecula). The Americans got called that by early settlers simple because they had red breasts, just like our Robins.