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.


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