Robin Orange-Breast

Robins don’t have red breasts; they are orange, surely?

Robin - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Maybe they are called red because it’s alliterative with Robin. Maybe they’re called red because the word orange didn’t enter the English language until the fruit was imported and that was long after the Robin got its name. The colour orange used to be known as yellow-red.

Robin - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Whatever their colour, whatever the origin of their name, they still have very odd-shaped heads if you look carefully.

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