The American robin (Turdus migratorius) is a migratory songbird of the thrush family. It is named after the European robin because of its reddish-orange breast, though the two species are not closely related, with the European robin belonging to the Old World flycatcher family. The American robin is widely distributed throughout North America, wintering from southern Canada to central Mexico and along the Pacific Coast. It is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin. According to some sources, the American robin ranks behind only the red-winged blackbird (and just ahead of the introduced European starling and the not-always-naturally-occurring house finch) as the most abundant extant land bird in North America. It has seven subspecies, but only T. m. confinis of Baja California Sur is particularly distinctive, with pale gray-brown underparts.
The American robin is active mostly during the day and assembles in large flocks at night. Its diet consists of invertebrates (such as beetle grubs, earthworms, and caterpillars), fruits, and berries. It is one of the earliest bird species to lay eggs, beginning to breed shortly after returning to its summer range from its winter range. Its nest consists of long coarse grass, twigs, paper, and feathers, and is smeared with mud and often cushioned with grass or other soft materials. It is one of the first birds to sing at dawn, and its song consists of several discrete units that are repeated.
The adult robin is preyed upon by hawks, cats, and snakes, but when feeding in flocks, it can be vigilant and watch other birds for reactions to predators. Brown-headed cowbirds lay eggs in robin nests (see brood parasite), but robins usually reject the cowbird eggs.
The Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. Arcadia. California.
Tagged: , ALexandra Rudge , Alexandra Rudge photography , Alexandra Rudge images , Nature , Naturaleza , Canon , Arcadia Arboretum and Botanic Garden , Arboretum , L. A. Arboretum and Botanical gardens , Botanico Arcadia , L. A. Botanic garden , Jardin Botanico , Botanico , Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic garden , The Los Angeles County Arboretum , The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden , Aves , Ave , Aves de Norteamerica , Aves californianas , Aves de California , Aves del Sur de California , Aves de Los Angeles , California wild life , California Fauna , California birds , Southern California wild life , Southern CAlifornia Fauna , Southern California birds , Pajaros , Pajaros de California , Pajaros de Norteamerica , Pajaros californianos , Pajaros salvajes Norteanericanos , Vida silvestre , Vida animal Pajaros salvajes , Vida salvaje , Wildlife of California , Wild life , Wild birds , L. A. wild life , L. A. Fauna , L. A. birds , Los Angeles wild life , Los Angeles FAuna , Los Angeles birds , Fauna , Fauna de Norteamerica , Fauna de California , Fauna Californiana , Fauna silvestre , Fauna Norteamericana , Chordata , American Robin , Robin , Turdidae , turdus , Passeriformes , turdus migratorious , T. migratorius , Animales , Animalia , Animals