American Robin

Scientific Name:Turdus migratorius

Habitat: The American Robin ranges all across North America, and can be found in a wide variety of habitats. American Robins can often be seen hopping around in yards and other mown grass digging up worms to eat. They also live in open woodlands, city parks, fields, forest edges, and green belts.

Diet: The American Robin’s diet consists of earth worms and insects in the summer, and various kinds of fruits and berries in the winter. The Fruits and berries they eat in the winter include dogwood, juniper berries, hawthorn, strawberries, and cherries.

Nesting: These thrushes build their nests out of twigs, grass, rootlets, moss, and mud, and line them with dry grass. The females do most of the work building the nest, but the males sometimes help. The nest is placed 6 to 25 feet high, and is usually placed on a horizontal branch. When the nest is finished it is 6 to8 inches across, and 3 to 6 inches deep. American Robins lay 3 to 5 eggs, and incubate them for 12 to 14 days.

Description/field marks: The American Robin is 8 to 11 inches long, and has a wingspan of 12 to16 inches. They have redish orange breasts and undersides, and slate gray tails, wings, backs, heads, and throats. The throat has white streaking, and American Robins have white eye rings. They also have white rumps, and their bills are yellow. Females are duller. Juvenile American Robins have pale breasts and throats, and they have speckles on the breast.

How to attract: To attract American Robins put out fruits and berries, or plant fruit or berry producing shrubs and trees.

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