A familiar harbinger of spring, American robins are best identified by their red breasts, white eye-rings, and yellow beaks. Robins can be found at BBG throughout the year: Look for them hopping along the ground seeking invertebrates or fruit. Listen for their continuous, melodious call; robins are among the first songbirds to start singing in the morning, and some of the last chirping as evening falls.
Red-orange underside, which is duller in females. White throat and brownish-gray back, wings, and tail. Head is gray to black, with white eye-ring and yellow bill. Eggs are light blue and juveniles have spotted breasts.
Robins can be found throughout North America in gardens, parks, forests, farmland, and urban areas. They nest in trees, shrubs, and hedges.
Females build nests from grass and twigs daubed with mud in shrubs or other sheltered areas, usually 8 to 12 feet off the ground. Robins pair, nest, and breed from April to July, raising two or three broods of three to five chicks. During the breeding season, robins are territorial; in the winter, they are more social and gather in large flocks to roost in trees.
Worms, grubs, grasshoppers, and other invertebrates; fruit and berries.
Robins sing a complex and melodious carol from dawn to dusk, often from a high perch, during their song period of April to September. They also have a number of calls, such as a tut tut tut to warm off predators.