THE ROBIN'S DISTINGUISHING FEATURE is that of its bright red breast, the purpose of which is not for courtship unlike many other birds, but for territorial defence. In fact, the characteristic bright red hue triggers territorial behaviour, and is crucial in intimidating other robins and birds. Additionally, the robin’s aggressive posture allows it to show as much of its red breast as possible to intruders. The robin’s red breast has been significantly incorporated into British folklore, nursery rhymes and beliefs, thus making red-breasted robins particularly identifiable and memorable even to young British children. The robin’s aggressive territorial behaviour as well as its recognisable proudly puffed-out red-breast embodies Britain’s long history of being very defensive towards potential intruders as well as the generally nationalist British identity, spirit and pride to some extent.
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