Wisconsin State Bird

American Robin

Wisconsin State Bird: American Robin Turdus migratorius

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Wisconsin 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 and wings, 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, we find it in wet woodlands, marshes, urban areas and parks. It prefers 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, meal worms 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 period of 12 to 14 days.

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

  • During the nest building season, the female Robin 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 three successful broods per year.
  • Robins love to bathe and are easily attracted to a birdbath.

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