I managed to track down this Flame Robin over the weekend. I had hoped to find one after all the talk that has been generated about blue birds and bluebirds and such like.
There are robins in many parts of the world – and pretty much the only thing that they have in common is the red on the breast. In terms of the English names for these birds I have to assume that the European bird came first – although of course the name “Robin” may be based on some older language than modern English. I can only assume that as British colonists moved over the globe they took the names with them. Of course that’s not really a good way to develop taxonomy – and the American Robin is a type of Thrush more closely related to Blackbirds and other Thrushes than Robins.
I wonder have much of a barrier this as had been to understanding the true nature of these birds – probably not that much. But I think its an interesting idea.
So here is a Flame Robin in all it’s splendor.
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