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Pekin Robin


Scientific name: Leiothrix lutea

IUCN World Conservation Status: LEAST CONCERN

This bird, also known as the red-billed leiothrix, is native to eastern Asia. They are popular pets due to their attractive appearance and impressive singing capabilities. Although they are not currently considered a threatened species, their numbers are declining due to the pet trade and forest destruction.

They live in large flocks of up to 30 birds in the forest, separating into pairs during breeding season. They are very friendly and sociable birds.

Where in the world?

Native to the Himalayan regions of Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam.

Threats in the wild


These birds live in hill forests, preferring areas with lots of pine trees and bushes. They are adaptable little birds, known to live at a range of altitudes within the Himalayas, from sea level to 7,500 feet.


Pekin robins enjoy a diet of plants and insects. They also eat lots of fruit including strawberries, papaya and guava.


Pekin robins will lay an average of 3 eggs per clutch during their breeding season, which lasts from April to September. Male Pekins will sing complicated songs to attract a female.