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American Robin

Turdus migratorius

The American Robin is one of the most widely distributed birds in North America. In Canada they may spend summers, but they retreat to the lower 48 states and further south in the winter. These birds live year round over most of the USA. Science recognises seven subspecies of American Robin, but there is much overlap in range, and their physical attributes aren’t dramatically different, except perhaps the San Lucas Robin (T. m. confinis) of southern Baja California. This form of the bird is smaller and paler than its cousins.

American Robins are arguably the most popular of North American birds, and there is a lot to like about them. They are among the earliest birds to arrive after the winter snows have left the north. Their songs are sweet and melodic. And perhaps most endearing is their approachable nature in urban and suburban environments, though they are equally at home in remote forests.

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