Robin revisited

Erythacus rubecula Robin or Redbreast, by J. Gould and H.C. Richter, in John Gould, The Birds of Great Britain (London: John Gould, 1866), livr. 10, pl. 48. Collated and repr. (1873), vol. 2, pl. 48. [This is an update of a previous post.] The genus name Erithacus is Latinized from Greek εριθακος, erithakos, which is … Read more

Robin 1

It’s coming on Christmas, and there will be Robins everywhere. Cards decorated with this chat in snow, in trees, in Holly, will grace many a room and mantelpiece. Robin taxonomy is fuzzy and in flux. Current debate seems to focus on the Western-Palearctic, European Robin belonging to an African-based subfamily named Cossyphinae, part of the … Read more