American Robin

Fast Facts:

  • Common Name:
    American Robin
  • Scientific Name:
    Turdus migratorius
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Size: 9-11 inches long
  • Weight: 2-3 ounces

Description:

Male robins coloring includes dark gray and balck upper parts, with white markings throughout the wings and a deep orange belly and chest. Females are a bit duller in their coloring, with a more brown coloring, overall, and a lighter colored breast.

Habitat and Migration

American robins are found from Canada, the United States, and throughout Mexico. They’re commonly seen year-round in the United States, typically breeding further north and into Canada. Where and when they migrate largely depends on the food supply in their area. They are often seen in forested areas as well as cities and are typically comfortable around humans.

Social Behavior

Male robins locate their nesting sites first, usually defending their area by singing, but may also fight other birds off. During breeding season, it’s not out of the ordinary for one female to be pursued by several males. While females build most of their nests, the males may help a bit. When the eggs hatch, both parents participate in feeding, but the males often take care of fledglings while females start a second nest for their final brood of the season.

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