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American Robin Migration




The American Robin is a migratory songbird commonly found in North America.

In the Spring, some fly north to Alaska to their breeding grounds (shown in yellow on the migration map).
Every year, Robins may raise two broods in separate nests, each holding 2 to 4 blue eggs.




American Robin Chicks
Robin


Adult American Robin



American Robin Migration Map



  Common Name:
  Scientific Name:
  American Robin
  Turdus migratorius
  Class:
  Family:
  Aves
  Turdidae
  Range:
  Alaska & North America
  Length:
  Weight:
  Wingspan:
  23 to 28 cm (Adult)
  approx. 80 grams (Adult)
  approx. 36 cm (Adult)


In late Summer, they fly back south where they spend the Winter (blue and green on the map).




American Robins eat a variety of insects and berries.


American Robin Mouthful
American Robin Interior Alaska




American Robins Wintering in Alaska



While most American Robins migrate south to warmer climates in late Fall, a good number of them elect to stay in Alaska in spite of the harsh Winters.



American Robin Eating Berry
American Robin in Winter





Photo at left: A group of American Robins eating winter berries in South Central Alaska.

American Robin on the snow

Robin on Frosty Branch





Raising American Robin Chicks


In Alaska, Robins arrive in May and start building a nest early especially if they intend on raising a second brood later on. Nests measure 10 to 12 inches in diameter and are made of grass.

This nest contains 3 Robin eggs.





American Robin Nest
Robin Gathering Food
Robin on a Branch




Robin Eggs


The first Robin egg in the brood of three has hatched.
Robin eggs are blue.



Chubby Robin




American Robin in Interior Alaska during the Summer.






Nesting in Fairbanks

American Robins nesting under our log home roof in late Spring. Just 13 days after hatching, the chicks leave the nest for their first adventure.




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