With three different types of birds sharing the common name 'robin' and none of them being closely related to one another, this songbird can be a little tough to sort out. North American Robins, which belong to the thrush family and were named Robins for their resemblance to the European Robin, are native to parts of Canada and most of the contiguous United States. Known for being a sign of spring, these birds are a welcome sight to many in North America. The European Robin (also called the 'true robin'), which is part of the flycatcher family, is found all across Europe and even into Western Siberia and Northern Africa. European Robins are associated with the Christmas holiday but can also be found in British and French folklore. And last but certainly not least, there are the Australasian Robins. These little birds belong to the genus Petroicidae and can be found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and on many Pacific islands.
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