American Robin

The American Robin (Turdus migratorius) is a bird in the Turdidae family of thrushes. It is a songbird.

The American Robin has a reddish-orange chest with a black to greyish head. It has white eye arcs that look like eyebrows. Its throat is white with black streaks and its belly and undertail are white. It has a brown back. Its beak is yellowish with a dark tip. Its legs and feet are brown.

American Robin

It grows to 23-28 centimetres (9-11 inches) tall. Its wingspan is 31-41 centimetres (12-16 inches) across. 

It is native to North America. It prefers woodlands, farmlands, and urban areas. It is migratory. 

The American Robin eats beetles, worms, caterpillars, fruit, and berries. 

It lives in large flocks at night. 

The female makes a nest of twigs and feathers in long grass or in a dense bush. She lays 3-5 eggs. Only the female parent sits on the eggs. The eggs hatch after 14 days. The chicks are altricial – naked, blind, and helpless. They can fly about 14 days after hatching. 

The American Robin lives for about 2 years.

American Robin
American Robin

Location of photographs: Washington DC, America

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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