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American Red-breasted Robin...

...and best viewed large.


Good morning. When cleaning up my files on the computer recently I realized I hadn't posted any images of one of my favorite birds being the American Red-breasted Robin (Turdus migratorius). And for the record, this migratory songbird is not a true Robin, but a member of the Thrush family of birds. It was named in error as such by the first European settlers after a similar looking bird in their home countries.


A few side notes; the American Robin is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Due to its unique eggs it has the distinction of having a color named after it being "Robin-egg blue", which can best be described as the same as a bright Autumn sky with a hint of green. And it might explain why although brood parasitism by the Brown-headed Cowbird occurs, it is rare because the Robin usually rejects the Cowbird eggs. Lastly, both gender of the species look the same to the untrained eye, but I'm convinced these shots here are all of females :-)


I hope you enjoy this series of images, and find the provided information of interest, on this always friendly and unique North American bird.


Thank you for visiting...and I hope you have a most pleasant day.




ISO400, aperture f/8, exposure .003 seconds (1/350) focal length 500mm

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Taken on April 18, 2008