The American Robin: Symbol of Connecticut
Connecticut designated the American Robin (Turdus migratorius) as the official state bird in 1943. Robins are a true thrush and one of America's favorite songbirds. The American Robin is also a state symbol of Michigan and Wisconsin.
Robins were named by early settlers after the familiar robin red-breast of Europe (a bird with similar markings that is not closely related to the American Robin). The most widespread thrush in North America (because of its adaptation to human-modified habitats), robins are a familiar backyard bird often observed pulling up earthworms on suburban lawns.
Migratory robins are watched for each year as the heralder of spring, but many spend the entire winter in New England swamps, roosting in evergreens and feeding on winter berries. The American robin has many vocalizations; rich songs composed of long phrases and "whinny" and "tut" calls. The female is muted in color compared to the male robin.