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American Robin

The American Robin or North American Robin (Turdus migratorius) is a migratory songbird of the thrush family. It is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The American Robin is active mostly during the day and assembles in large flocks at night.

 

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Robins migrate more in response to food than to temperature.

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In the winter season, fruits are the robin's food source.  When spring arrives, they switch food for earthworms and insects.  So when it is 37 degrees outside and you spot a robin, it is not because of thte temperature, but actually the food source that becomes available.

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A welcome sign of the coming spring, the red-breasted robin won the hearts of school children across the state, who voted to name it the state bird in 1926-27.

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I have never once missed to spot a robin in Wisconsin from spring to fall season.  Ever since my childhood, I have this small fruit tree in my front yard and will always see two to four robins hopping on the branches stuffing themselves.  They are easy to notice because of the songs they sing and their red belly trademark.

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The robins have a unique flight and perching pattern. Their posture, by keeping their body horizontal and head up and beak slightly tilted up, help birders recognize robins from other similar birds such as cat-bird, towhee, thrasher, cardinal, grackle, and blackbirds.

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Robins are a "baseline" species when it comes to bird identification. In the field robins provide crucial "measuring points" for comparison to other species present.

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The trend toward warmer winter weather helps robins in several ways. Food supplies, availability of open water and less stress from cold temperatures make it possible for these already hardy birds to develop winter territories.

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Typically, robins would return to the northern states in spring of March.  However, because of the climate change in the past few years, they have been returning earlier to claim their territory.  Like the saying goes, "the early bird gets the worm."

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Despite regularly being described by humans as ‘friendly’, Robins are very territorial and aggressive, particularly during breeding season and when food is scarce – if necessary they will defend their territory to the death!

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Robins can be found in various habitats, including woodlands, parks and, much to our satisfaction, gardens. They are one of the earliest birds to nest, and their nests are commonly made from sticks, grass, moss and dead leaves.

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The male will search for an area to next and gather materials.  The female robin lay between four to six pale blue speckled eggs.  After 13 to 14 days, the baby robins will hatch.

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Research suggests that the size of the robin’s distinctive red bib and the width of the grey feathers that frame it allow other birds to judge its gender and age.

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The red belly of the robin may suggest important information about sex, age, or related traits.  In a research, their red belly got wider for male with age, but not with the females.

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During breeding season, male American Robins grow black feathers on their heads to attract females. Once the mating season is over, these feathers are lost.

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American Robins eat large numbers of both invertebrates and fruit. Particularly in spring and summer they eat large numbers of earthworms as well as insects and some snails.

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American Robins are fairly large songbirds with a large, round body, long legs, and fairly long tail. Robins are the largest North American thrushes, and their profile offers a good chance to learn the basic shape of most thrushes.

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Robins can be identfied easily by their unique red belly.  Their scientific name is Turdus migratorius and are a symbol for Connecticut, Michigan and Wisconsin.

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