BIRD OF THE WEEK / WEEK 24: June 11, 2018

© Liron Gertsman

Bird

American Robin

Species Name

Turdus migratorius

Appearance

20-28 cm length | 31-41 cm wingspan | 72-94 gm weight

A medium-sized, plump songbird with short wings, a long tail and a slightly downturned bill.

The American robin is grey-brown with a black-grey head, white, streaked throat and a belly that can be bright red, orange or peachy. The bill is yellow and the eyes are black with a broken white ring around them.

Habitat / Behaviour

Omnivore | Woodland | Lives 2-14 years

The American robin is common and widespread across North America and can be found in lightly wooded habitats, parks, farmland and suburban environments.

The American robin’s diet consists of about 60% plant foods and 40% animal matter. They eat earthworms, grubs, caterpillars and grasshoppers, fruits and berries. Robins have been observed becoming intoxicated off of natural fermenting fruit. Vision is the primary sense used for hunting but the Robin will also use auditory, olfactory and potentially vibrotactile cues.

Breeding

3-5 Light blue eggs with speckles | 2-3 broods