Thursday, September 15, 2005

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Title: American Robin, Alternative Title: Turdus migratorius, Creator: Karney, Lee, Source: WO-Lee Karney-560, Publisher: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Contributor: DIVISION OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.

Language: EN - ENGLISH, Rights: (public domain), Audience: (general), Subject: Karney, Bird, Birds, Passerines.

The American robin is popularly recognized as a "harbinger-of-spring."

American robins can be found in the eastern and northern United States west almost to the Rocky Mountains and northwest Alaska. Some range maps indicate that the species is found across the country. Robins winter as far south as the Gulf Coast west to Texas.

Robins prefer mowed areas in urban, suburban, and rural areas for most of their activities. Some will use open woodland areas with sparse understory or ground cover.

Robins are social birds, that when not breeding, will roost communally with other robins and occasionally with starlings and blackbirds.

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Earthworms are their primary food source and robins use their sense of sight to find this meal. Robins are often seen pulling a worm from the ground or taking them off a road or a sidewalk following a spring or summer rainstorm. Insects are another food source. If these sources are not available due to cold weather, robins will use fruit for food.

Mating: Monogamous, Peak Breeding Activity: April- July, Incubation Period: 13 days, Young Hatch: Late April- July; they are altricial, and require their parents' care, Number of Eggs: 3-4, Eggs Produced: 2 broods in a year are typical, but sometimes 3 are produced, Adult Length: 10 inches, Adult Weight: Male-4.35-5.11 ounces; Female-4.23-4.97 ounces, Life Expectancy: Normally 1.7 years in the wild; there is a bird on record that lived 11 years in the wild (based on banding data)

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