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While gardening, you may suddenly be joined by a robin looking for food. What do the cute songbirds eat? How can you help them find food?

In a nutshell

  • Robins are part migrants, some spend the winter in Germany
  • diet includes insects, worms and berries
  • ecological gardening without chemicals preserves the habitat of the robin
  • the birds are curious and trusting
  • Foraging takes place mostly by hopping on the ground

list of food

Robins (Erithacus rubecula) like to eat:

  • insects and their larvae
  • be crazy
  • worms
  • Beetle
  • To fly
  • small snails

In the cold season, when only a few insects can be found, they feed on berries.

Robin food in winter

A large proportion of the beautiful red-bellied birds remain in Germany during the winter. Especially in harsh winters, the birds have a hard time finding enough food. You can make it easier for them to find food with a feeder. But beware, robins only eat soft fatty food. They cannot eat the hard grains of many bird feed mixtures. When buying mixtures, make sure they are suitable for your garden birds.
Robin food contains:

  • oatmeal
  • shelled sunflower seeds
  • raisins
  • chopped peanuts
  • shelled oatmeal
  • chopped corn kernels
  • yellow millet
  • dried mealworms

This mix also attracts blue tits, great tits, blackbirds, thrushes, nuthatches and starlings.

Notice: Food leftovers are not suitable for native bird species and do not belong in the bird feeder!

Ambrosia seeds are often included in cheap bird feed mixes. If you want to prevent the plant from spreading in your own garden, you can prepare the birdseed yourself.

Prepare robin feed yourself


  • 500 grams of beef suet
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • oatmeal
  • yellow millet
  • Corn
  • raisins
  • peanuts
  • shelled sunflower seeds
  • dried mealworms


  • Heat the beef tallow in a water bath
  • Add cooking oil
  • chop all the ingredients and mix with the liquid fat
  • Allow to cool slightly
  • Pour into containers or shape with greaseproof paper

Facilitate foraging in the garden

Everyone can help protect the robin in their garden. Do without pesticides and design your garden close to nature. Piles of brushwood and leaves are an important shelter for insects that serve as food for the red-bellied garden bird. If you don't tidy up your property completely, you can enjoy the curious songbirds all year round.

frequently asked Questions

How does a garden become attractive to robins?

Bushes and hedges are an important habitat for the robin. Do not cut off all faded inflorescences in autumn. Leave some as winter quarters for insects. The winter birds find food this way. Place bird feeders and bird baths in sheltered spots. Cover the compost pile in winter to make it easier for birds to access insects.

What should be considered when feeding in the bird feeder in winter?

The lining must be protected from moisture. Likewise, no droppings should get between the birdseed, as diseases can be transmitted via it. Make sure the bird feeder is filled and cleaned regularly. Do not use harsh chemicals for cleaning.

Is year-round bird feeding recommended?

The garden birds can be fed all year round. The prerequisite is compliance with hygiene at the feeding stations and the supply of suitable feed. Year-round feeding is recommended by bird protection associations to preserve bird life. Make your garden close to nature to protect birds and insects.

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