12 Facts About American robin


American robin is a migratory bird of the true thrush genus and Turdidae, the wider thrush family.

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The American robin is widely distributed throughout North America, wintering from southern Canada to central Mexico and along the Pacific Coast.

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American robin is active mostly during the day and assembles in large flocks at night.

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Beyond this, it lies in a small group of four species of otherwise Central American robin distribution, suggesting it recently spread northwards into North America.

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The American robin has a brown back and a reddish-orange breast, varying from a rich red maroon to peachy orange.

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American robin is a known reservoir for West Nile virus.

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American robin is active mostly during the day, and on its winter grounds it assembles in large flocks at night to roost in trees in secluded swamps or dense vegetation.

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American robin uses auditory, visual, olfactory and possibly vibrotactile cues to find prey, but vision is the predominant mode of prey detection.

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However, when feeding in flocks, the American robin is able to remain vigilant and watch other flock members for reactions to predators.

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American robin is known to be a rejecter of cowbird eggs, so brood parasitism by the brown-headed cowbird is rare.

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American robin begins to breed shortly after returning to its summer range.

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American robin is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

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