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(Erithacus rubecida), a bird of the family Turdidae of the order Passeriformes. The body is about 15 cm long. In adults the back is olive-brown, the underpart white, and the crop and breast reddish; the young are speckled. Redbreasts are found throughout Europe and western Asia. At the onset of winter they migrate to North Africa, southeastern Europe, and Southwest Asia, returning to their nesting grounds early. They inhabit moist woods, especially alder and hazelnut thickets along the banks of streams, and dense growths of spruce saplings. They build nests on the ground or in low tree stumps. One or two sets of eggs are hatched during the summer, with each clutch containing four to six eggs. In spring and summer the birds feed on insects and in autumn and winter on seeds and berries.