The American Robin is North America’s largest and also most familiar thrush. In summer, Robins are regularly seen hopping and running on lawns and fields, using their well-known worm-hunting skills. In winter, they gather in the southern parts of their range, where they move in large flocks in search of fruits and berries.
FUN FACT: The diet of the American Robin consists of 40 percent small invertebrates (mainly insects), such as earthworms, beetle grubs, caterpillars and grasshoppers, and 60 percent wild and cultivated fruits and berries.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Turdus migratorius
OTHER NAMES: Robin Redbreast
STATUS: Breeder. Common in all seasons in Tennessee Valley and Mountain regions. In Inland Coastal Plain region, common in winter, spring, and fall, and uncommon in summer. In Gulf Coast region, common in winter, spring, and fall, and rare and local in summer. Low Conservation Concern.
DESCRIPTION: The American robin is a large thrush belonging to the order Passeriformes (perching birds) and Turidae family (thrush family). Body length varies from eight to 11 inches and average weight is 2.7 ounces. Their wings and back are gray and its under parts are brick-red. The birds head is a dark gray. The varied thrush (Ixoreus naevius) is a similar species, but is seldom seen in the Eastern United States.