American Robin

About the American Robin

The American Robin breeds throughout Canada and the United States. While Robins occasionally overwinter in the northern part of the United States and southern Canada, most winter in the southern parts of the breeding range and beyond, from the southern U.S.A. to Guatemala. Most depart south by the end of August and begin to return north in February and March.

The American Robin's habitat is all sorts of woodland and more open farmland and urban areas. Food is the typical thrush mixture consisting largely of insects and earthworms. Robins are also fond of some berries, including those of the black cherry tree; they will fly in especially to feed on them during the period when they ripen.

American Robins have a cheery song that for many marks the beginning of spring. Some birders say one of the American Robin's songs sounds like Cheer up! Cheerily! Cheerio!

It is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 15 September 2006
Scientific Name
Turdus migratorius
  • Passeriformes
  • Turdidae
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
7.9 to 11 inches
12.2 to 15.7 inches
2.7 to 3 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 旅鸫
Czech (Cesky) Drozd Stěhovavý
Danish (Dansk) Vandredrossel
Dutch (Nederlands) Roodborstlijster
Finnish (Suomi) Punarintarastas
French (Français) Merle d'Amérique
German (Deutsch) Wanderdrossel
Italian (Italiano) Merlo americano
Japanese (日本語) コマツグミ (Komatsugumi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Vandretrost
Polish (Polski) Drozd wędrowny
Russian (русский язык) Странству&
Spanish (Español) Robín Americano
Swedish (Svenska) Vandringstrast
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