Species in Focus: American Robin

Spring is right around the corner — in some places in the Northeast it has arrived. Warmer weather means more time spent outdoors, and for many a renewed interest in birdwatching/birding. The species in focus this week is the American Robin.

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

American Robin. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

American Robins are a year round resident in the northeastern United States. They are a large thrush, the largest of thrushes in the U.S. A common misconception about these birds is that they migrate in the winter.

American Robin. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

During the warmer months these birds can be found in fields, lawns, and open habitat across the country. In these habitats they dine on insects and worms. In the wintertime they flock to forests where they roost in trees.

American Robin. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

Female American Robins will lay a clutch of 4 eggs and have 3 broods per year.

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