Baby Robins - All you need to know

Posted on: 12 March 2021

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Baby Robins - All you need to know

In the UK, we're used to seeing robins pretty much everywhere throughout the year, but what does a baby robin look like? (also referred to as Juvenile Robins).

What does a baby Robin look like?

It's a common misconception that female robins don't have red breasts when they do. They are pretty much identical to male robins, and it can be almost impossible to tell them apart.

If you happen to see a robin lacking a red breast, you'll be looking at a juvenile robin.

Baby Robins look similar to adults, but the main difference is the lack of a red bib. They have spotted brown bodies and heads, and their underparts are lighter compared to older birds.

Baby Robins - All you need to know

A baby / juvenile robin

Baby Robins - All you need to know

Robin feeding its young in nest

When do juvenile robins leave the nest?

It's usually between 14 and 16 days after hatching that robins will fledge from their nests. After leaving the nest, they will stay nearby with their parents for up to three weeks.

In May, these juvenile birds will move away from their natal sites but rarely move more than a few miles/kilometres.

When do baby robins get red breasts?

It won't be until the late summer months until the juvenile robins get their red breasts. However, before this, they still share the same round shape, long legs and head postures as their adult counterparts. This is why there is confusion surrounding if all robins have red breasts.

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