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Friday, July 12, 2019

5 fun facts about our Robin

The American Robin is the largest, most abundant and broadly distributed thrush in North America. The presence of this songster in the backyard setting, together with its loud, musical voice, make it one of the most recognizable birds in North America.

Their diet is highly variable across the annual cycle, changing from primarily soft-bodied invertebrates, especially earthworms, in spring and summer, to primarily fruit in autumn and winter.

Despite being a classic sign of spring at northern latitudes, not all American Robin populations are migratory, and some spend the winter months close to their Michigan breeding grounds.

American Robin is unmistakable over most of its range, but is similar to Rufous-backed Robin (Turdus rufopalliatus); Rufous-backed Robin is common and widespread in western Mexico.

The American Robin was named by early British colonists after the European Robin they left behind. The two are only related distantly, but both have orange/red breasts.


Vanderhoff, N., P. Pyle, M. A. Patten, R. Sallabanks, and F. C. James (2016). American Robin (Turdus migratorius), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bna.462

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