Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The American Robin

The American Robin is a common sight and a year-round resident throughout all of Missouri. Robins are attracted to open lawns and gardens. While they eat a variety of insects and berries, earthworms are their food of choice (they can eat up to 14 feet of earthworms in a day!). I always thought that they were listening for worms when they turn their head to the side while foraging for worms, but they're actually looking for their food. Similar to my backyard chickens, they have monocular vision, which means their eyes are on the sides of their head and each eye can be used independently.




Song: A melodic, whistled song, it sounds like a long sentence composed of words mostly of 3 syllables, with pauses in between.




11 comments:

  1. Awwwwwww, isn't it pretty against the contrasting green grass?!!!

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  2. Nice photos! I've been seeing fewer robins here lately.

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  3. I love to watch them on the lawn turning their heads from side to side. For the longest time I thought they were listening too.
    Nice shots!

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  4. beautiful bird I enjoy via the birders blogs

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  5. Great photos of the Robin. I would like one of those on my lawn!

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  6. HHHMMMmmm... not sure that I could afford to lose 14 ft of earthworms every day downunder!! I wonder could they be persuaded to accept a substitute?!?!

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  7. Hi there - great looking bird - you can see very clearly in the pictures that these birds are closely related to thrushes, rather than to the bird called a "robin" in Europe.

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

    Stewart M - Australia

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  8. Interesting and good photos of this bird!
    Greetings Pia

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  9. I love robins and you are fortunate to have them to enjoy year round.

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