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Order: Passeriformes

Family: Turdidae

Genus: Turdus

Species: Turdus migratorius


The American Robin (T. migratorius) has been called America’s best-loved bird. The robin is known as a welcome harbinger of spring’s arrival to the northern states, and its clear, liquid caroling greets early-risers before almost any other morning birdsong. The robin is above all adaptive, a dietary opportunist and colonizer of disturbed and edge habitats, whose proliferation across the North American continent was connected to the colonial spread of European culture in the western hemisphere. The robin’s red breast, its ubiquity, and its popularity make it one of the most recognizable birds of North America.

Food Habits
Life Cycle
Popular Trends and Conservation Issues
American Robins and West Nile Virus
November-December 2014 Observations
Data and Analysis
About the Author
Literature Cited