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Old Apr 21, 2010, 1:32 PM   #11
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Woodbadger,

mole,

Goldwinger

Thank you for taking interest in this picture. Now I understand. The European Robin is not a thrush; it's much smaller and with a completely different body shape

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Robin

It's very "cute" in that it's head seems ro large. There are some myths to the species

I checked out the American Robin. Thanks for the link. I like it


Just for fun: When you encounter a bird species you may try to get a

General

Impression of

S
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S
hape

The capital letters here when followed by an A form a word gissa which is the English equivalent to guess

Well, over here it's quite possible to get an overview of the approximately 300 breeding species. In Iceland there are even much fewer. Wonder how they manage the Eyafjallajökull "wrath"

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Old Apr 21, 2010, 1:50 PM   #12
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Quotation from the wiki site

"The robin features prominently in British folklore, and that of northwestern France, but much less so in other parts of Europe. It was held to be a storm-cloud bird and sacred to Thor, the god of thunder, in Norse mythology.

More recently, it has become strongly associated with Christmas, taking a starring role on many a Christmas card since the mid 19th century. The Robin has also appeared on many Christmas postage stamps. An old British folk tale seeks to explain the Robin's distinctive breast.

Legend has it that when Jesus was dying on the cross, the Robin, then simply brown in colour, flew to his side and sang into his ear in order to comfort him in his pain. The blood from his wounds stained the Robin's breast, and thereafter all Robins got the mark of Christ's blood upon them.

An alternative legend has it that its breast was scorched fetching water for souls in Purgatory. The association with Christmas, however, more probably arises from the fact that postmen in Victorian Britain wore red uniforms and were nicknamed "Robin"; the Robin featured on the Christmas card is an emblem of the postman delivering the card.

Robins also feature in the traditional children's tale, Babes in the Wood; the birds cover the dead bodies of the children.

In the 1960s, in a vote publicised by The Times newspaper, the Robin was adopted as the unofficial national bird of the UK. The Robin was then used as a symbol of a Bird Protection Society"
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