Robin with a white breast? Is it?

This bird has appeared several times in my garden in Oxfordshire during October 2019. Is it a Robin with a white breast? If not what is it?

  • Hi Tony,    It certainly moves like a robin and looks like one albeit this bird possibly has Leucism which means the bird has lost some of its pigmentation.     You can read more HERE  and also HERE

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • The face does look very Robin-like, so I think I'd agree. It would be interesting to know how a Robin without a red breast fares against rivals in their frequent territorial disputes

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    Nige   Flickr

  • In reply to HAZY:

    Thank you Hazel. That was helpful. I have now reported the sighting to BTO.
  • In reply to Nigel O:

    Thank you . This was caught on video by a camera watching hedgehog activity.. I'm going to try and find out where it comes from/goes to, so maybe I will find out
  • Looks interesting. Is there any artificial lighting there?

    Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos

    (One bush does not shelter two Robins)

    Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)

     

  • In reply to monkeycheese:

    No. The camera does use infrared at night, but this is natural light. Another robin does visit and the red breast is clearly seen
  • There was a similar Robin photographed a few years ago. The link to that is Here

    Another Robin with this plumage variation was spotted several times on the Tarka Trail in North Devon about 4 years ago.

    Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos

    (One bush does not shelter two Robins)

    Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)