The Robin is undoubtedly one of Britain's most dearly loved birds (3). It is instantly recognisable due to the rusty-red breast; indeed, 'Robin redbreast' and simply 'redbreast' are well-known alternative names (4). The sexes are very similar, but juveniles lack the red breast and are mottled with browns and buffs (5). The robin is one of the few birds to sing throughout the winter; its melodious, liquid song is a further feature that has endeared this species to the public (5). A short 'tick' call is also produced (2).