The distance between truth and wistful thinking is sometimes startling

"The association of robins with Christmas has its origins in biology and culture. Robins – in Britain at least – are birds of human habitations, especially gardens. These replicate their woodland-edge habitats, with the added bonus of gardeners digging up juicy worms. In winter, robins are hungry, so are more likely to come close to humans, whom they associate with food. And because they are feeling the cold, they fluff their feathers, so look even more endearing than usual."

"There is still a huge gulf between our image of this familiar bird and the reality. The day-to-day life of robins is both darker, and far more interesting, than the sugar-coated portrayal on TV adverts and Christmas cards, where robins are often depicted in groups, which rarely happens in nature."

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