American Robin

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Turdus
Species: migratorius

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
iLa. turdus a thrush
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
iLa. migrator wanderer, migrant
La. orius belonging to

Painting of a robin perched on a tree branch with blossoming tree twigs and sun lit clouds in the background.
Ten inches long, eight inches tall. Black head, yellow bill, small white spot above the eye. Back and wings slate-gray, chestnut underside. Black tail.

Inhabits forests, orchards, small tree stands in open country, farms and cities.

The range of the American robin extends throughout most of the US and roughly up to the Canadian tree line.
Abundant in most of North America from Mexico, throughout the U.S., to northern Newfoundland, the Hudson Bay Region, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, and beyond the tree lines into the Arctic coastal areas.
Architect, engineer and interior decorator.

Builds large nests of twigs, roots, grass and leaves lined with a clay cup which is lined with fine grass, hair and wool in various trees or ledges on houses and garages from five to twenty five feet high.

Lays three to five blue-green eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another two weeks. They raise 2 and sometimes 3 broods in a season.

Robins forage in open meadows and the typical home lawns and gardens, often in flocks for worms, grubs, some insects, berries and a variety of other fruit.

Painting of American robin adults and one offspring perched in a tree thick with leaves in the background.
They run, halt and remain motionless while they watch for movement with their head twisted. Folklore is they listen for worms.

Robins are one of the most abundant birds in city back yards and relatively easy to attract to a properly mounted platform.

The Robin Nesting Platform has an 8″ by 8″ base, measures approximately 8″ floor to ceiling, has an open front and partially open sides.

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes to reduce splitting wood.

Install a platform on the side of a garage, shed or porch under open shelter or an eave over looking both open spaces and foliage in your back yard from seven to twelve feet high.

Never install in a tree or near objects that cats and squirrels can climb. Squirrels can leap 8′ horizontally!

Platform nesting birds claim platforms that best simulate ledges on cliff faces which are difficult for predators to scale. They can also scan the surrounding area and below.

The Mourning Dove Platform has extra room under a gable roof for the larger back yard platform nesters: mourning doves, robins and blue jays. It has an 8″ by 8″ base, is about 8″ floor to ceiling and has an open front and partially open sides.

If the location is under a roof, porch or eave, consider installing this Open Platform.

Visit the open nesting platform page.
Select to view or print the open platform plans.

Mourning doves, blue jays and phoebes also may use these platforms.

Robin Song

Music score of a robin song..

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American Robin

Painting of a robin perched on a tree branch with blossoming tree twigs and sun lit clouds in the background.
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Turdus
Species: migratorius

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
iLa. turdus a thrush
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
iLa. migrator wanderer, migrant
La. orius belonging to

Ten inches long, eight inches tall. Black head, yellow bill, small white spot above the eye. Back and wings slate-gray, chestnut underside. Black tail.

Inhabits forests, orchards, small tree stands in open country, farms and cities.

The range of the American robin extends throughout most of the US and roughly up to the Canadian tree line.
Abundant in most of North America from Mexico, throughout the U.S., to northern Newfoundland, the Hudson Bay Region, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, and beyond the tree lines into the Arctic coastal areas.
Painting of American robin adults and one offspring perched in a tree thick with leaves in the background.
Architect, engineer and interior decorator. Builds large nests of twigs, roots, grass and leaves lined with a clay cup which is lined with fine grass, hair and wool in various trees or ledges on houses and garages from five to twenty five feet high.

Lays three to five blue-green eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another two weeks.

They raise 2 and sometimes 3 broods in a season.

Robins forage in open meadows and the typical home lawns and gardens, often in flocks for worms, grubs, some insects, berries and a variety of other fruit.

They run, halt and remain motionless while they watch for movement with their head twisted. Folklore is they listen for worms.

Robins are one of the most abundant birds in city back yards and relatively easy to attract to a properly mounted platform.

Select to view the Robin Platform web page.
Select to view or print the Robin Shelter plans.
The Robin Nesting Platform has an 8″ by 8″ base, measures approximately 8″ floor to ceiling, has an open front and partially open sides.

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes to reduce splitting wood.

Install a platform on the side of a garage, shed or porch under open shelter or an eave over looking both open spaces and foliage in your back yard from seven to twelve feet high.

Never install in a tree or near objects that cats and squirrels can climb. Squirrels can leap 8′ horizontally!

Platform nesting birds claim platforms that best simulate ledges on cliff faces which are difficult for predators to scale. They can also scan the surrounding area and below.

Select to view the Mourning Dove Platform web page.
Select to view or print the Mourning Dove Shelter plans.
The Mourning Dove Platform has extra room under a gable roof for the larger back yard platform nesters: mourning doves, robins and blue jays. It has an 8″ by 8″ base, is about 8″ floor to ceiling and has an open front and partially open sides.

If the location is under a roof, porch or eave, consider installing this Open Platform.

Visit the open nesting platform page.
Select to view or print the open platform plans.

Mourning doves, blue jays and phoebes also may use these platforms.

Robin Song

Music score of a robin song written by F Schuyler Mathews.

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