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Injured robin

Observed: 4th June 2012 By: EntsEnts’s reputation in Birds
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Description:

Does anybody know what might have happened to the side of this robin's head? It seems perfectly ok in every other respect (certainly eats a lot!).

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

chrisbrooks's picture

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Not sure what happened with the Latin name, it should be Erithacus rubecula. Nearly there, you should change it.

Ents's picture

Thanks Chris, just a

Thanks Chris, just a technical issue with my laptop freezing.

Amadan's picture

It's not uncommon

for robins to have black areas of plumage: I'll post an old 35mm slide I've converted to show this. I suspect it's nothing more than that in this case. too.

Ents's picture

Thank you, greatly

Thank you, greatly appreciated.

Ray Turner's picture

This is not ...

... dark coloured feathers as suggested. The photo is of high quality which allows a very close look at the patch which is clearly absent of feathers, indeed the ear opening can be seen.

Three possible explanations come to mind; Robins are highly territorial and will fight viscously (see www.ispot.org.uk/node/135451) this may be a combat injury, some form of infestation/infection such as ear mites, or just simply the start of the post breeding moult.

Ray

Ray