Spring isn't the same without the American robin. With its impressive worm-hunting skills and entertaining nesting habits, it's definitely one of America's favorite backyard birds. Learn how to attract an American robin to your yard, and listen to its song.
Photo: Roland Jordahl
- Scientific Name: Turdus migratorius
- Family: Thrush.
- Length: 10 inches.
- Wingspan: 17 inches.
- Distinctive Markings: Male has orange breast, black head and tail, yellow bill, white around eyes and on throat. Females are duller.
- Nest: Three to four pastel-blue eggs in a neat deep cup made of mud and grass.
- Song: Loud liquid song, "cheerily, cheer-up, cheerio."
- Habitat: Yards, fields, farms and woods.
- Diet: Earthworms. Also eats insects, berries and some seeds.
- Backyard Favorites: Fresh fruit, raisins, hulled sunflower seeds and peanut butter.
Listen to this bird’s song