American Robin

American Robin

Orange-breasted worm hunter.  Common across North America on lawns, fields and parks, as well as woodland habitat.  Our largest thrush, with a gray-brown back, dark head, and orange breast with a white lower belly.  Typical of thrushes, they run a few steps then stop, sometimes cocking their head to look for worms and insects.  Strong, direct flyers with slow powerful wingbeats.  Often in flocks, and sometimes roosts number over 200,000 in winter.  Despite their association with spring, many Robins overwinter in their breeding range, feeding on invertebrates and fruit.  Nests in trees; up to 3 broods in a season.  Lifespan up to 14 years.  Population ~ 310 million and stable or increasing.  


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January 22, 2015