American Robin

photo by Phil Swanson

Turdus migratorius
L 10″ (25 cm).

Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)

Loud, liquid, variable “cheerily cheery-up cheerio”. Calls include rapid “tut tut tut

Description: Gray-brown above; fox-red or orange breast; white throat; yellow bill; white lower belly; and blackish head and tail. Female has paler head and tail. Juveniles are brown-spotted below, and lack characteristic red breast.

american robin
Habitat: Originally associated with open woodlands, it is now probably most common in cities, suburbs, parks, gardens, and farmlands.

Where in Nebraska: Common summer resident across the state. Frequently overwinters.

Nebraska Seasons: Abundant spring and fall migrant.

Fun Facts: Even though the American Robin is the quintessential sign of spring, many Robins actually spend the whole year in the same place.

American Robin nestlings - photo by Phil Swanson juvenile American Robin - photo by Phil Swanson
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