European Robin
Song & Calls

European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
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The thin, silvery song of the European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) has to be one of the most beautiful bird sounds of Europe and the United Kingdom. It is also one of the few birds in this region that sings all year round.

What does a Eurasian Robin sound like? European Robin song phrases are highly variable, but usually include a short melodious warbled passage along with several drawn out, fading notes. Occasionally mimicry is including within the song. Apart from the song, European Robins make a range of other vocalisations including subsong, ‘tic’ calls and high-pitched ‘tsiiip’ sounds in alarm.

The European Robin is also known colloquially as ‘robin’, ‘robin red-breast’ and ‘red-breasted robin’.

Listen to European Robin Sounds

The audio in the video below features a European Robin singing in Parque Natural de las Sierras de Cazorla in southern Spain. In the background a number of other bird species can be heard calling.

In Spanish, the common name of this species is el ‘Petirrojo Europeo’.


European Robin – Typical ‘tic’ calls

T11a This audio sample features the typical excited bubbly ‘tic’ calls . Recorded in Essex, United Kingdom.


European Robin – High-pitched ‘tseee’ calls

T11b Very high-pitched, thin ‘tseee’ calls. Recorded in Essex, United Kingdom.

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