Are Robins Aggressive To Humans?

Robins are reputed to be comfortable around humans; seemingly, they are human-friendly birds.

They have no qualms about building nests in close proximity to people.

Being co-existent with humans for decades, American and British robins have learnt to live with humans and are known as much friendlier to humans. 

But European robins are shyer and hesitant to human interaction.

They would scarcely leave the confines of the forest.

They fear humans because there has been a traditional history of trapping and capturing small birds.

In this article we’re going to go into detail if robins are aggressive to humans

Carry on reading and let’s get started!

Can a Robin Be Aggressive?

Despite being human-friendly songbirds, Robins has been famous for aggressive in regards to their territory.

They have been seen to be highly combative in certain situations.

  • When it comes to a territory confrontation, they are no more aggressive than most other bird species; any bird would fight for its territory rights.
  • As they are not afraid of being close to humans, they would build a nest in your balcony or garden. This red-breasted bird will behave viciously around its hatching period if someone approaches its nest or tries to steal its eggs.
  • They will definitely attack you if you try to encroach on their nesting territory while raising their young ones. Still, this should be considered a defensive attack rather than an offensive.
  • Robins could be cruel, even murderous, on water reservoirs because they love to sunbathe, and most of their deadly disputes occur there. However, the losing robin will withdraw from the battle if it seems to become fatal.

I go into more detail in my article – Are Robins territorial?

Now if you have aggressive Robins, it can be a bit of a nightmare

You might be thinking, how do you get rid of aggressive robins?

Well, let’s find out

Carry on reading

How Do You Get Rid Of Aggressive Robins?

Wildlife experts say that bird attacks on humans are increasing due to the humans approaching birds’ nest territories and attempting to encroach when raising their juveniles.

There are a few options that you can do to avoid or get rid of an aggressive robin.

  • Feed their needs — Robins are foodie birds, and they can prove to be friendlier towards humans if rewarded with food tokens.
  • Stop peeping — If you see a robin’s nest in your balcony or backyard, avoid peeping in frequently as it fuels their aggressive behavior and will make a robin not trust you 
  • Stay calm — treat them respectfully with favorable body language if they are close around. Do not try to creep excessively like a predator. 
  • Don’t capture — do not try to capture it suddenly when it’s not ready to trust you. Just feed them regularly, and they will get surprisingly close to you 

If Robins can get aggressive, does that mean they are nasty birds?

Are Robins Nasty Birds?

Robins are friendlier to humans than any other bird species.

Only a few circumstances when they have been seen as aggressive birds.

They fight to defend their territory or the young ones from any expected approaching predator.

Some consider this behavior as aggressive than a friendly one, but that could be a defensive behavior that most birds would do.

Otherwise, they are lovely, intelligent creatures and can be your lasting friends.

All that matters is how you treat them.

Why Do Robins Come So Close To Humans?

Robins are a little foodie bird and always follow the path that would lead them to new food resources.

They are known as gardener-friendly birds and are more relatively drawn to soil digging activities hoping to grab some fresh earthworms.

They could get surprisingly closer to you if you feed them regularly with seeds, fruits or veggies, especially in January and February when Robin’s favorite food is scarcely available due to freezing grounds.

Do Robins Recognize Human Faces?

According to Avian Biology Research, pigeons, Montagu’s harrier, and crows can accurately discriminate between familiar and unfamiliar faces.

According to research held by “Victoria University’s school of biological sciences,” Robins can also recognize human friends by their routine schedules, movements and even facial features. 

So if you feed Robins and be good to them, they would definitely remember you and will create a friendship with you 

They won’t forget you!

Wrapping Up

Robins are known for its love for food and fierce territorial aggression.

They have been seen attacking other bird species or the male competitors trying to stray in their territory.

They are sometimes murderous unless the other bird surrenders and escapes away.

Robins are still highly admired garden songbirds for their human-friendly behaviors. 

They are lovable birds

Robins could be willing to extend the hand of friendship towards humans, but we as humans sometimes forget how intelligent and enjoyable other ‘Earthlings’ are in our lives.

A friendly Robin could be a bit of joy once bonded with you.

Imagine a cute birdie hopping around you, sitting on your shoulders and eating out of your hands — you will definitely smile even if you’re going through some hard times

They sure do bring joy!





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