American Robin

Robin with worms

Genus: Turdus
Species: migratorius

Description:  American robins are year round visitors to suburban and rural backyards. They're easily spotted hopping around city parks and lawns looking for earthworms in the spring, and fruit during the cold winter months. The behavior of hopping while foraging is common to members of the thrush family.

The American robin is the most widespread thrush in the United States.

While observing wildlife, you may find that male robins are easier to identify than females. Male robins have rust colored feathers on the chest, a yellow bill, a black head and white outlines around the eyes. Males also have gray wings and backs.

Female robins look similar to males but with much duller colors that sometimes blend together making identification difficult.

It is also easier to identify males, because only the male robins sing their "cheerily, cheerup" song. Their song usually heard early in the morning, before and after sunrise. They also sing at dusk or if it is about to rain.

Habitat and Range:  American robins live in woodlands, suburban backyards, parks and grasslands with shrubs. Robins can be found year round in the continental U.S. and some migrate north to spend summers in Alaska.

  • Fun Fact
    American robins have light blue eggs that inspired the "robin egg blue" crayon and paint colors! If you see a robin's nest, make sure not to disturb the eggs, and admire their interesting color from a distance.
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