The juvenile Robin has speckled buff-brown upper parts and underparts. They have no red feathers so that adult birds do not attack them in territorial disputes. The speckled feathers are lost in a partial moult when the bird is about two to three months old.
DID YOU KNOW : Robins are prolific breeders, often producing between three and five broods a year, each containing four or five eggs.
If the weather is mild, they can breed as early as January, though it is more usual for them to start in March.
Broods can overlap with the male feeding the chicks of one clutch while the female sits on the eggs of the next. This enables the population to bounce back readily from any overwinter population losses.
Both parents feed the young at the nest and in the first few days the male will bring food to the brooding hen and she will sometimes pass this on to the young. They will continue to feed the fledglings for about three weeks after they have left the nest by which time they are becoming more independent and starting to find quite a lot of food for themselves. The fledglings have no red colouration at this stage. When they leave the nest the young fledglings have a spotty brown appearance which makes for good camouflage in their early days. It is not till the juveniles start to get their true adult feathers that they take on the recognisable red appearance.