Michigan State Bird

American Robin
Michigan State Bird: American Robin Turdusmigratorius

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Michigan State Bird Description:

  • Size: 8 to 11 inches (20-28 cm)
  • Wingspan: 12 to 16 inches (31-40 cm)
  • Weight: 2.72 ounces (77 g)

The American Robin is a large songbird with a grey back andwings, red under parts, dark head and white eye crescents. The males and females have the same colors except the females are slightly duller.


Robins live in dense forests, grasslands and fields. In winter, they can be found in wet woodlands, marshes, urban areas and parks. They prefer open lands with short grass to feed, with trees and bushes to nest and roost.


American Robin
American Robin


Robins eat invertebrates, especially earthworms. In the early spring, they may eat fruit, suet, mealworms and cracked sunflower seeds placed on the ground.


Robins will build their nests in a tree or shrub on a horizontal limb, 5 to 20 feet above the ground. The nest will be made from grass with a center layer of mud. Robins will not build their nests in birdhouses, but you can hang breeding platforms for them to nest on.

The clutch will contain 3 to 7 eggs with an incubation periodof 12 to 14 days.

A Few Things You Probably Didn't Know About the MichiganState Bird:

  • During the nest building season, the femaleRobin may have a brown streak across her chest. This is caused by pressing against the muddy inner lining of the nest while forming the inner cup.
  • The American Robin can produce up to threesuccessful broods per year.
  • Robins love to bathe and are easilyattracted to a birdbath.

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