Fun Pekin Robin Facts For Kids

Devangana Rathore
Nov 18, 2022 By Devangana Rathore
Originally Published on Sep 02, 2021
Edited by Katherine Cook
Fact-checked by Kidadl Team
Here are some fun Pekin robin facts that you must check out and share with your friends too!
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Age: 3-18
Read time: 5.8 Min

There are many birds and animals in the world that are endangered because of the pet trade and hunting by people who share their habitat. One of them is the small, colorful Pekin robin. The Pekin robin nest has an open cup-like shape. The red-billed leiothrix's natural nest is made up of dry leaves, grass, and lichen, but it isn't effectively hidden as concealment is not the main consideration when choosing a nest site. For many years, Pekin robins at the zoo have been a favorite of visitors. Its diet is mostly made up of foliage and decaying wood, and it hunts for it in the lower strata of plants.

The Petin robin is not the only interesting bird you need to know all about! There are various other animals and birds like the robin and European robin which will make for a fascinating read.

Scroll ahead to read all about the Pekin robin, or head on over to the other birds!

Pekin Robin Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Pekin robin?

The Red-billed leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea) is a type of bird.

What class of animal does a Pekin robin belong to?

These Pekin robins belong to the class of birds, Aves.

How many Pekin robins are there in the world?

Although the red-billed leiothrix is not threatened, wild populations in its native region are declining due to environmental destruction and acquisition for the pet trade in Asia.

Where does a Pekin robin live?

The red-billed leiothrix lives in woods in Asia. Hawaiian honeycreepers are known for residing in the lush woodlands of the Hawaiian Islands.

What is a Pekin robin's habitat?

India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, and sections of Tibet are all-natural homes to the leiothrix. This hill forest bird can find its habitat in all types of jungles, though it likes pine woods with bushes. It favors Tsunga and Abies woods with a rich bamboo understory in Japan.

Who do Pekin robins live with?

They roost together at dusk in the wild but are very lonely during the day, lurking in the underbrush. In the wild, they are temperamental and secretive birds, particularly during the breeding season.

How long does a Pekin robin live?

The species has been known to live for more than 20 years in captivity. House finches can live up to 11 years on average.

How do they reproduce?

During the non-breeding season, the bird Pekin robin can be seen in a group of around 10-30 birds but, during the breeding period, the birds split up into couples and become territorial. The breeding season lasts from early April to late September, and they can be located in well-watered locations.

Leiothrix eggs are seen in clutches of two to four eggs, with three being the average. The freshly born birds have a beautiful orange-red gape and bright red plumage. The male will be in charge of the majority of the feeding.

A nest is built by a mating pair of black and white warblers. After the baby birds hatch, the breeding pair look after them.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation state of the Pekin robin bird is Least Concern declared by IUCN Red List, the same as European robins.

Pekin Robin Fun Facts

What do Pekin robins look like?

The robin Pekin bird is around 6 in (15.2 cm) long, olive green in color, with a yellow neck and orange breast coloring. The forked tail appears olive-brown with a blackish point, and the margins of the wing feathers are brilliantly colored with yellow, orange, crimson, and black. Adults have a pale yellow ring surrounding their eyes with bright red bills. Females are slightly duller than males, and young ones have black bills. Their backs appear dull olive green, and they own a bright yellow-orange neck with a yellow chin.

The Red-billed leiothrix has become a popular cagebird, and it is known by many names among aviculturists, including Pekin robin, Japanese nightingale, Pekin nightingale, and Japanese hill robin.

How cute are they?

These little songbirds have a cute appearance with brilliant colors.

How do they communicate?

The Pekin robin song is composed of short, strong notes that are played throughout the year. During the breeding season, Pekin robin singing is more frequent. This bird is quite busy and a great vocalist, but it is also very shy and difficult to spot.

How big is a Pekin robin?

With a length range of 6 in (15.2 cm), the red-billed leiothrix is clearly smaller than the rufous-backed robin measuring 8.5-9.4 in (21.5-24 cm) in length.

How fast can a Pekin robin fly?

The precise speed at which these Japanese birds fly has yet to be determined. During migration, though, most robins fly at a velocity of 30-36 mph (48.2-57.9 kph), but if these birds are tamed, their speed is significantly reduced.

How much does a Pekin robin weigh?

The average weight of these Pekin nightingales is between 0.77-0.91 oz (22-26 g). Huge males may weigh considerably more.

What are the male and female names of the species?

There are no particular name for males and females of this bird.

What would you call a baby Pekin robin?

A baby Pekin robin with its bright yellow-orange throat does not have any specific name. A newborn bird is referred to as a hatchling.

What do they eat?

This species of robins prefers a diet of insects and plants. Strawberry, guavas, and ripe papaya are among the fruits it consumes, as are different Mollusca, Diptera, Hymenoptera, and Lepidoptera species.

Are they dangerous?

These songbirds that dwell in hill woods are not dangerous.

Would they make a good pet?

For nearly a century, these robins have been attractive cage birds and you can find them in most pet stores. They are brightly colored, excellent singers, active, and resilient birds with a long lifespan who thrive in captivity. When the feathers are folded, the yellow and black striped red flight feathers stand out wonderfully. They are a joy to possess because of their happy disposition and intelligence. Unfortunately, they require a large aviary.

Canaries, finches, and the Pekin robin are commonly called cage birds since their movement is limited to bouncing from one ledge to the next in a spacious aviary.

Please check your local laws and regulations about owning any animal as Rules may vary from State to State and country to country.

Did you know...

The avian malaria virus has been discovered in the blood of this bird.

Male robin birds have a fierce rivalry, and imagine what their bone of disagreement is? Songs!

Where is the Pekin robin from?

In 1918, this species was brought to the Hawaiian Islands. As a result, the red-billed leiothrix can be found in many environments, including exotic and native kinds of wood, from sea level to nearby mountain tops over 2.48 mi (4000 m) elevation.

How to care for your own Pekin robin?

Despite their small stature, these robins require a lot of space and should be kept in an aviary if possible. Their feeding habit keeps them on the move all day, and if kept in captivity, they will slip into repeated patterns. Commercial insect food, including fruit and fresh food, are included in their diet in confinement and they will also eat sprouted millet sprays or grains. Crickets, waxworms, mealworms, and other wild-caught insects are some of their other favorites.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about other birds from our palm warbler, or Hawaiian honeycreeper facts for kids.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable Pekin robin bird coloring pages.

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Written by Devangana Rathore

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Language, Master of Philosophy

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Devangana RathoreBachelor of Arts specializing in English Language, Master of Philosophy

Devangana is a highly accomplished content writer and a deep thinker with a Master's degree in Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin. With a wealth of experience in copywriting, she has worked with The Career Coach in Dublin and is constantly looking to enhance her skills through online courses from some of the world's leading universities. Devangana has a strong background in computer science and is also an accomplished editor and social media manager. Her leadership skills were honed during her time as the literacy society president and student president at the University of Delhi.

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