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American Robin (True Thrush) by AnnDixon

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Taken in Illinois, USA

The true thrushes are medium-sized mostly insectivorous or omnivorous birds in the genus Turdus of the thrush family Turdidae.
The genus has a cosmopolitan distribution, with species in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Several species have also colonised some oceanic islands, and two species have been introduced to New Zealand. Some New World species are called robins, the most famous of which is the American Robin. Several species are migratory.
While some species are often split out of Turdus, the two small thrushes formerly separated in Platycichla by many authors are usually placed in the present genus again in recent years.

Thrushes are plump, soft-plumaged, small to medium-sized birds, inhabiting wooded areas, and often feed on the ground or eat small fruit. They range in size from the Forest Rock-thrush, at 21 g (0.74 oz) and 14.5 cm (5.7 in), to the Blue Whistling-thrush, at 178 g (6.3 oz) and 33 cm (13 in). Most species are grey or brown in colour, often with speckled underparts.
They are insectivorous, but most species also eat worms, land snails, and fruit. Many species are permanently resident in warm climes, while others migrate to higher latitudes during summer, often over considerable distances.
Thrushes build cup-shaped nests, sometimes lining them with mud. They lay two to five speckled eggs, sometimes laying two or more clutches per year. Both parents help in raising the young.
The songs of some species, including members of the genera Catharus, Myadestes, and Turdus, are considered to be among the most beautiful in the avian world.

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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...over 3 years ago

    Just so beautiful along with the good write all love n.j.

  • Meladana
    Meladanaover 3 years ago

    Wow, great capture Ann, what a lovely bird!! The dandelion is great in this pic. Enjoyed the narrative! :)

  • seductress
    seductressover 3 years ago

    very pretty!

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 3 years ago

    very nice so different to ours

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 3 years ago

    The happiness of spring in nicely captured here!!!!, Bill

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    Great shot of our spring songster, Ann.

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    A sure sign of spring! Beautiful capture, Ann!

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejover 3 years ago

    what a great shot!!! There were no less than 10 robins in my yard this morning!!!! All at once!

  • hootonles
    hootonlesover 3 years ago

    Very different to ours.
    Great shot Ann

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