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Many European robins spotted in Iceland

The Icelandic Society for the Protection of Birds has been notified of an unusual number of sightings of European robins (Erithacus rubecula) this winter, which rarely breed in Iceland.

Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson, bird expert and head of the Bird Society, told Fréttabladid that European Robins get carried from the mainland to Iceland with bad weather.

Time will tell whether the birds survive the winter and whether they start breeding and living in Iceland permanently, Hilmarsson said.

He also pointed out that European robins like fatty food and bread, especially in cold weather. The robins have an orange spot on their chest and are common on the European mainland.

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