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Huh... I had no idea that the NZ robin didn't have any red. The NA robin (who sort of looks like a very small crow with a bright bright red breast) looks DRASTICALLY different than the English robins (which are very anime looking... round, brown back, pinkish red breast). Your NZ robins look a lot like the English robins, but without the red, but nothing like the NA robins (at least what I've been told are robins here.
I don't know anything about birds except that most of them fly :)
I imagine what happened was when my ancestors and yours jumped off their respective boats in a new and wild land, they didn't have a whole lot of time in between avoiding starvation and building international relations to think up new names for the wildlife. So they often just picked the closest match from the old country and used that.