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Monday, April 18, 2016

Male and female American Robin

Do you have a picture of a male and female robin? I recently heard the male is a brighter orange then the female.
American Robin Male and Female
The American Robin is a very familiar bird in mid-Michigan and over most of North America, running on lawns and often nesting near our homes. The male's beautiful dawn song can be heard in spring and summer, often beginning just before first light.

It can be hard to tell male and female American Robins apart but there are subtle differences. Males are slightly larger than females, with a dark gray or black head, brown on their backs, reddish breast, and white under their tail feathers. Their throats are white, streaked with black and they have white crescents above and below their eyes.

Females are slightly paler in color than males, paler belly and browner back feathers. Young American robins have dark spots on their breasts and are also paler in color than adult males.

In the early stages of courtship, females may be pursued actively by one or several males. The female does most of nest building with some help from male. Females build the nest from the inside out, pressing dead grass and twigs into a cup shape using the wrist of one wing. Other materials include paper, feathers, rootlets, or moss in addition to grass and twigs. Once the cup is formed, she reinforces the nest using soft mud gathered from worm castings to make a heavy, sturdy nest. She then lines the nest with fine dry grass. The finished nest is 6-8 inches across and 3-6 inches high.

Related Articles:
Robin building a nest http://why-i-have-mud-in-bird-bath.html
Why Robins are Attracted to Water http://bit.ly/qP9aTs
Bird of the Week: American Robin http://bit.ly/pnUKqk
Fun Facts About The American Robin http://bit.ly/n9CSni
Why robins are called Robin Redbreast and not orange breast http://goo.gl/OB4iT 

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