- Length: 8.5 inches
- Black to dark gray head
- Broken eye ring
- Dull red breast and belly
- White undertail coverts
- Gray upperparts
- Streaked throat
- Thin yellow bill
- Sexes similar-female somewhat paler
- Winter plumage is somewhat paler than Summer plumage
- Juveniles have spotted, whiter breasts
- Common in residential areas where it often forages on lawns
- Often sings very early in morning
- Often found in large flocks outside of breeding season
The American Robin is a common occupant of residential areas during the
breeding season. In Fall and Winter, it can be found in large, somewhat
nomadic flocks in areas with lots of fruiting trees. The very rare
Rufous-backed Robin (southwestern United States) has a rufous, not gray, back.
The Varied Thrush has a dark band across its breast and orange wing bars.
Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.
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