Turdus migratorius


Common Names: American robin
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Thrushes

It is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin. It is one of the most common birds in Connecticut.

The head varies from jet black to gray, with white eye arcs and white supercilia. The throat is white with black streaks, and the belly and undertail coverts are white. It has a brown back and a reddish-orange breast, varying from a rich red maroon to peachy orange. The bill is mainly yellow with a variably dark tip, the dusky area becoming more extensive in winter, and the legs and feet are brown. The sexes are similar, but the female tends to be duller than the male, with a brown tint to the head, brown upperparts and less bright underparts. However, some birds cannot be safely sexed on plumage alone. The juvenile is paler in color than the adult male and has dark spots on its breast, and whitish wing coverts. First-year birds are not easily distinguishable from adults, but they tend to be duller, and a small percentage retains a few juvenile wing coverts or other feathers.

The American robin's breeding habitat is woodland and more open farmland and urban areas. They have become very much adapted to humans and are common in residential neighborhoods.

Edible Notes: Historically robins have been eaten however due to the risk of West Nile virus, it's not recommended.
Warnings: The American Robin is a known carrier for West Nile Virus. While crows & jays are often the first noticed deaths in an area with West Nile virus, the American Robin is suspected to be a key host and holds a larger responsibility for the transmission of the virus to humans. This is because while crows & jays die quickly from the virus the American Robin survives the virus longer, hence spreading it to more mosquitoes which then transmit the virus to humans and other species.
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