The American Robin is a common bird we see in our backyards, forest preserves and as patients at the wildlife center. These year round birds are one of the most recognized songbirds in all of North America. There are over 11 million Robin observations reported on census software such as “eBird”.
Robins are a highly adaptive species that thrive in natural settings as well as in altered habitats such as cities and suburbs. Their diet is as versatile as the places they live: invertebrates in the spring/summer and fruits in autumn/winter.
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Robins can have up to 3 broods a year, however most of the young do not survive.
As seen in the image to the left, Robin eggs are a beautiful blue color. The pigment of an egg has several functions including camouflage and sun block. To learn more about egg pigmentation, visit the beauty and biology of egg color.
There are seven subspecies of American Robins and the plumage of these robins is widely varied. For example, the Pacific Northwest is very humid, and the robins there tend to have darker plumage, whereas the birds that live in dry desert areas have lighter, pale pigmentation. Interested in learning more about bird plumage? Visit bird plumages to learn about types of plumages and variations you may see in the wild.