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Connecticut’s State Bird: American Robin

Written by C. Farrington.
In 1943 Connecticut’s general assembly adopted the American Robin as the official State Bird.  (It is also the state bird of Michigan and Wisconsin.)  This songbird is the migratory thrush, turdus migratorius.
robin from wikipediaIn the summer the robin is seen from Alaska to Virginia.  Most migrate to the Southern states, Bermuda, the Bahamas or Mexico.  Some robins remain in New England the entire winter, feeding on winter berries in the swamps.
The robin is 10-11” long and basically grayish in color except for its orange chest.  The colors of the female are more subdued.  During the breeding season, the adult males grow distinctive black feathers on their heads.  They lose this plumage after the breeding season.
Males return from migration before females in order to select a site and prepare the nest.  The female chooses a male based on his song and the attractiveness of the nest.  The female does her part by laying three or four blue eggs.  The family’s food is typically insects, worms and berries.  The robin is one of the first birds to sing at dawn and its melody is distinctive.
An interesting sight in the spring is a robin ferociously pulling an earthworm out of the lawn.  When you spot the first robin in Haddam this spring, send us a photo to use on this website.
Image from Wikipedia.com.
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