European robin / Rotkehlchen (Erithacus rubecula)

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Rotkehlchen. 2020-04-02 09.39.00 Luppmen
Classification: Genus Erithacus; Family Thrushes (Turdidae)
Red face and breast, light colored belly, brown and gray back and wings.
Singing in a tree, searching for food on the ground.
Song: Song medium to very high pitched, with mostly clear tones with a liquid quality. Timbre reminiscent of Wren or Dunnock, but with a much more varied structure and tempo. Pitch ranges from very high to low, almost thrush-like, notes. No recognizable motifs. Often ends on a rising or falling pitch, giving it a "Chinese" accent. [Link]
Calls: Alarm call a thin, electric "tick", often in series with decelerating tempo. [Link]
Physical details: length=14 cm, wingspan=20-22 cm, weight=14-21 g
Song: General: High pitched but also going low, e.g. 2.9-7.7 KHz.
Song: Only for a short period in late summer while they are moulting and inconspicuous do robins stop singing. Both sexes sing. [RSPB article]
Song attributes: Melody: improvised melodic, fast, Frequency: high (3-9 KHz) Special sounds: fluting Singing season: 02-01 - 07-31 Only pauses singing while molting and thus endangered. Dawn chorus start, 50 minutes before dawn.
Calls: 1: "ticking call", "tik", "tek", . Personal: A single note usually repeated twice. Somewhat sputtery. BirdID refers to 'a thin, electric "tick". In one source said to be used as alarm call.
Call: A variety of calls is also made at any time of year, including a ticking note indicating anxiety or mild alarm. [Link]
I heard 3 or 4 scattered birds calling it in woods with underbrush but saw no birds. BirdNet told me they were robins, which I found hard to believe, but on comparing it with recordings at XenoCanto, I was convinced! Maybe they were telling each other "Don't show yourself to that alarming guy!".

I heard 3 or 4 scattered birds calling it in woods with underbrush but saw no birds. BirdNet told me they were robins, which I found hard to believe, but on comparing it with recordings at XenoCanto, I was convinced! Maybe they were telling each other "Don't show yourself to that alarming guy!". 2021-07-03 08.05.14 (call)

2: "srii". Low chirpy to sputtery monotone
Xeno-Canto recording by Stanislas Wroza noted as 'srii' call

Xeno-Canto recording by Stanislas Wroza noted as 'srii' call Source: XENOCANTO (call)


3: "tsii". General: A longer falling note (9Khz-7Khz) called a tsii by the recordist.
Call: Sound Approach: If you listen carefully you may notice that in the daytime, apart from the ubiquitous tik call, Robins also give a shrill tsi rather frequently. It is this tsi that they adapt for use as a nocturnal flight call. Nfc=night flight call. [Link]
In the sonogram it's a longer, falling note.

In the sonogram it's a longer, falling note. Source: XENOCANTO (call)


4: Here is an audio of a high-pitched hawk call (7.5-8.5 KHz). See also a YouTube video comparing ground threats from aerial threats.

♫ Source: XENOCANTO (alarm call)

Call attributes: Call melody: one note, slow, Frequency: 4-9 KHz, Special sounds: sputter/pebble-clatter
First documented observation : 2020-04-02

Video

YouTube: European robin alarm calls

Rotkehlchen am Luppmen in der Frühe 2020-04-28 05.25.07 Luppmen (song)

Rotkehlchen im Wald Mesikon Source: BirdNet 2020-04-12 12.09.53 Mesikon (song)

Additional Images


Rotkehlchen silsersee. 2020-06-09 12.34.40 Sils

Rotkehlchen silsersee. 2020-06-09 12.34.40 Sils

Rotkehlchen. 2020-06-03 08.46.46 Hungerseeli

Rotkehlchen bei hotz. 2020-05-07 09.29.36 Hungerseeli

Rotkehlchen. 2020-04-02 09.39.00 Luppmen

Additional Audio


Source: Zoom H6 2021-10-24 09.59.58 Neeracherried (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2021-10-24 09.54.35 (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2021-10-24 09.11.32 (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2021-07-17 09.36.55 Fehraltorf (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2021-07-03 08.18.30 Fehraltorf (song?)

♫ 2021-02-25 10.15.19 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2021-01-05 07.37.21 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2021-01-03 07.06.12 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2020-12-15 11.12.34 Luppmen (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-10-30 17.45.36 Fehraltorf (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-10-30 13.43.50 Fehraltorf (call)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-10-22 13.59.00 Fehraltorf (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-10-17 12.17.32 Meride (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-10-16 12.29.14 Tremona (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-10-16 11.59.46 Tremona (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-10-15 18.56.45 Besazio (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-10-15 18.56.07 Besazio (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-10-15 18.55.36 Besazio (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-10-15 18.55.07 Besazio (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-10-15 18.54.40 Besazio (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-10-05 08.32.08 Fehraltorf (call)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-09-30 15.59.19 Pfäffikersee (call)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-09-14 10.27.13 Levanto (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-09-14 10.27.09 Levanto (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-09-14 10.26.46 Levanto (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-07-10 15.23.43 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2020-07-01 07.58.29 Luppmen (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-06-27 16.40.53 Alpweg (call)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-06-27 15.50.16 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2020-06-23 18.20.41 Staldenweiher (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-06-23 18.19.45 Staldenweiher (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-06-18 11.50.41 Locarno (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-06-18 11.47.47 Locarno (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-06-11 13.13.16 Sils (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-06-03 10.22.55 Hungerseeli (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-06-03 08.49.51 Hungerseeli (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-06-03 08.49.13 Hungerseeli (song?)

♫ 2020-05-24 14.50.51 Luppmen (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-05-20 11.00.39 Pfäffikersee (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-05-19 15.51.25 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2020-05-19 15.22.53 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2020-05-19 15.02.49 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2020-05-07 13.06.06 Hungerseeli (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-05-07 12.06.13 Hungerseeli (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-05-07 11.36.40 Hungerseeli (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-05-07 10.34.36 Hungerseeli (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-05-01 11.59.52 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2020-04-28 05.32.39 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2020-04-28 05.25.07 Luppmen (song?)

♫ 2020-04-23 09.27.41 Luppmen (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-04-22 05.27.42 Luppmen (song)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-04-12 12.09.53 Mesikon (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-04-12 12.09.53 Mesikon (song?)

♫ 2020-04-07 10.08.47 Luppmen (song?)

♫ Source: XENOCANTO (alarm call)

♫ Source: XENOCANTO (call)

♫ Source: XENOCANTO (call)

♫ Source: XENOCANTO (call)


♫ Source: XENOCANTO (alarm call)


♫ Source: XENOCANTO (call)