Rare sight of robin in Beijing causes stir and Brexit jokes

Rare robin delights Beijing birdwatchers

The rare appearance of a European robin in Beijing has caused a stir among Chinese nature fans. Hundreds of bird-watching photographers flocked to the Beijing Zoo last Friday after word spread that a European robin had been spotted there.

Photos: Terry Townshend

The red-breasted bird is common across Europe but is rarely seen in Beijing – it’s only the third time one has been recorded in the capital.

Some birdwatchers have joked the robin might be a “Brexit refugee”.

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