American Robin, Turdus migratorius
Turdidae or Thrush Family


Robins are familiar to almost everyone. A medium-sized bird, with a bright red orange belly, white patch under the belly, dark gray back, black eyes with white markings and a long yellow bill. The sexes are very similar, but females have paler backs and heads. They mostly hunt on the ground for insects and worms. They also eat beries and are fond of fermented ones. They make cheerful chirping noises likened to "Cheer up! Cheer up!"

Although considered a symbol of spring, they can be found year round in most of the US. In the northernmost regions and in Canada they will be found only in the summer, and in the southernmost regions they will be found only in the winter. Common and familiar in suburbs and rural areas. Common in Wildwood in the open areas. They are said to be the second most common bird in North America, after the invasive starling.

In the east, only the eastern towhee is likely to be confused with the Robin.They have chestnut orange on the sides of their bodies, but white in the center. The back and head are black, and the black extends downward on the upper chest.

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