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American Robin

Wisconsin State Bird

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

Official State Bird of Wisconsin

Wisconsin designated the American robin as the official state bird in 1949. Voted on by the school children of Wisconsin in 1926-27, the robin received twice as many votes as those given to any other bird. Wisconsin did adopt another bird symbol in 1971; the mourning dove as the state's official symbol of peace.

The American robin (Turdus migratorius) is also the state bird of Connecticut and Michigan. All State Birds

American Robin Facts

One of America's favorite songbirds, robins are watched for each year as the herald of spring. 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.

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.