American Robin

Connecticut State Bird

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American Robin

American Robin; photo by Radsaq on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

American Robin

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.

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.

The Robin is also the official state bird of Michigan and Wisconsin.

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Images

American robin in tulips; photo © Richard Mousel/CritterZone: Animal - Wildlife -Nature Stock Photography (all rights reserved; used by permission).

American robin in tulips

Videos

American Robin - HD Mini-Documentary