Tuesday, 23 August 2011

World Bird Wednesday - Flame Robin

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.


You can find more world birds here, and you can see the latest post on my other blog by clicking the Paying Ready Attention link on the RHS of the page. Enjoy the birds.

25 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

wow! he's gorgeous! flame on!

Sylvia K said...

What a gorgeous bird indeed! Terrific capture as always, Stewart! Have a great evening!

Sylvia

Andrew said...

What a beautiful little bird... so colourful.

fjÀllripan said...

What a beautiful bird, nice that you found one :)

Arija said...

Such a pretty boy! We normally get red-cap robins in winter although they did not turn up this year.

I am in your neck of the woods at the moment and am debating whether to go on to Wilson's Prom. or head back home . . . decisions, decisions . . .

mick said...

"...the only thing they have in common is the red on the breast..." UNLESS it is an Eastern Yellow Robin! How did that one get named?? Great photo of your Flame Robin.

Springman said...

Thank you for your information on the differences in robins. I see what you mean, I live on the Pine river but there are nine pine rivers in Michigan consequently everyone knows the Pine river, but they don't know the Pine river I live on! Simple.

Arija said...

Thanks for the advice Stewart.I had already looked up the Nat.Pks. site and decided that if we could not stay at Tidal River, we would give it a miss this time. My niece offered us accommodation at Waratah Bay but even so, we elected to postpone it. Wilson's Prom. was our first stop on our honeymoon in 1958 and I did not want to spoil the memories.

Thanks for caring and getting back to me.

holdingmoments said...

He's certainly eye catching Stewart.
I wonder just how many 'Robins' there are in the world?

Veronica said...

Hi Stewart! Great to find and follow your blog. Beautiful bird pics!

Veronica
www.mothercitymagic.blogspot.com

Gary said...

Good shot Stewart. You've got me in the wrong country in your comment. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

missing moments said...

Great shot Steward and he is quite gorgeous!

EG Wow said...

How interesting, Stewart. I didn't know the American robin is a thrush. Plus I didn't know Australia has a robin, though I did know the British do. Thanks. I like learning this sort of thing.

Pat said...

What a beauty! Nice capture!

eileeninmd said...

What a gorgeous Robin. The color is pretty. Great photo.

Debbie said...

what a beautiful bird....one i have never seen before!! wonderful photo!!!

Jean said...

I find it interesting how birds got their names.
Ooo...you have a beautiful Robin!

NatureFootstep said...

oh yes, a really beauty. :) It is almost perfect. Not to little not to much o the color.

Hilke Breder said...

Congrats, Stewart! What a cool bird!

Sondra said...

AND it is Slendid---wow what color!!

Sondra said...

SPLENDID that is..lol

Kilauea Poetry said...

I thought I'd payed you a visit..good thing I checked. This is interesting and you captured a true beauty! Wishing you a wonderful weekend-

Larry said...

A Flame Robin! Beautiful bird Stewart!

Neil said...

Beautiful bird.

Gypsy Lala said...

So lovely, the Flame Robin.