American Robin

Turdus migratorius Order: Passeriformes Family: Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Turdus migratorius Order: Passeriformes Family: Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
American Robin

This abundant backyard bird, the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin, is treasured for its song and its seemingly confiding way of nesting on our houses. Those are also the two factors that make them unpopular in some situations—robins start singing well before dawn when some people don’t appreciate being awakened, and when they nest near porches, they often dive-bomb perceived predators. Robins are also one of the species that most often attacks its reflection in our windows, a habit that can most easily be broken by soaping or papering the window temporarily or hanging mylar balloons to float around the window. (PLEASE tie them securely to prevent them escaping into the atmosphere!)

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