American Robin (Turdus migratorius). Juvenile male.
The American Robin is also called North American Robin. It is a migratory songbird of the thrush family. It is named after the European Robin because of the male's bright red breast although the two species are not closely related. The American Robin is widely distributed throughout North America - wintering south of Canada from Florida to central Mexico and along the Pacific Coast. It is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan and Wisconsin.
The nominate subspecies of the American Robin is 23–28 centimeters (10–11 in) long with a wingspan ranging from 31–41 centimeters (12.2–16 in), and averages about 77 grams (2.7 oz) in weight. The head varies from jet black to gray, with white eye arcs and white supercilia. The throat is white with black streaks, and the belly and undertail coverts are white. The Robin has a brown back and a reddish-orange breast, varying from a rich red maroon to peachy orange. The bill is mainly yellow with a variably dark tip (the dusky area becoming more extensive in winter), and the legs and feet are brown.
The sexes are similar, but the female tends to be duller than the male, with a brown tint to the head, brown upperparts and less bright underparts. However, some birds cannot be safely sexed on plumage alone. The juvenile (shown here) is paler in color than the adult male, has dark spots on its breast, and whitish wing coverts. First-year birds are not easily distinguishable from adults, but they tend to be duller. A small percentage retains a few juvenile wing coverts or other feathers. More information available at: Wikipedia.org .
Halifax, Nova Scotia. 16 August 2008