The Indian robin is a species of bird in the family Muscicapidae. It is widespread in the Indian subcontinent, and ranges across Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The male being mainly black with a white shoulder patch or stripe whose visible extent can vary with posture and females are brownish above, have no white shoulder stripe and are grayish below with the vent a paler shade of chestnut than the males. The species is often found close to human habitation and will frequently perch on rooftops. They feed mostly on insects but are known to take frogs and lizards especially when feeding young at the nest. The breeding season is December to September but varies according to region and usually begins with the first rains. Peak breeding in northern India is in June and is earlier in Southern India. In Sri Lanka it breeds in March to June and August to September.

Nest Box Location– Do not mounts in a tree. If a robin nests in a tree it usually places its nest precariously out on a limb where predators cannot climb.

Birds That Nest In This Birdhouse – Some birds such as robins, house finch, barn swallows, wrens and phoebes prefer open nesting shelters rather than traditional, enclosed bird houses.

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