Connecticut State Bird
Adoption of the Connecticut State Bird
The ruby-crowned kinglet (Regulus calendula) was often suggested as an appropriate state bird for Connecticut but, in 1943, the Legislature approved the American robin (Turdus migratorius) or robin red-breast.
About the Connecticut State Bird
The American Robin (Turdus migratorius) is a migratory songbird of the thrush family. It is basically grayish in color, except for an orange patch on the chest; the similarity between this coloring and that of the smaller and unrelated European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) led to its common name.
During the breeding season, the adult males grow distinctive black feathers on their heads; after the breeding season they lose this eye-catching plumage.
This bird breeds throughout Canada and the United States. While Robins occasionally overwinter in the northern part of the United States and southern Canada, most winter in the southern parts of the breeding range and beyond, from the southern USA to Guatemala. Most depart south by the end of August and begin to return north in March. (Exact dates vary with latitude and climate, of course.)
This species is a very rare vagrant to western Europe. In autumn 2003, migration was displaced eastwards leading to massive movements through the eastern USA. This presumably led to no less than three American robins being found in Great Britain, of which two were overwintering as of January 2004.
As with many migratory birds, the males return to the summer breeding grounds before the females, and compete with each other for nesting sites. The females then select mates based on the males' songs and the desirability of the nests they have built. Three or four blue eggs are laid in a lined cup nest.
The habitat is all sorts of woodland and more open farmland and urban areas. Food is the typical thrush mixture of insects, worms and berries. Robins are frequently seen running across lawns, picking up earthworms by sight.
The most familiar call of this bird is the cheerily carol song.
The Connecticut General Statutes
The following information is excerpted from the Connecticut General Statutes, Title 3, Chapter 33, Section 3-109.
TITLE 3 - STATE ELECTIVE OFFICERS.
(1949 Rev., S. 3583.)
Turdus migratorius (American Robin): University of Michigan Museum of Zoology: Animal Diversity Web.
State Bird List: List of all of the state birds.
Birds of Connecticut Field Guide: by Stan Tekiela.
Bird Feeders and Accessories: Backyard Birding > Bird Feeders & Accessories from Amazon.com.
State Birds & Flowers 1000-pc Puzzle: Created at the request of The National Wildlife Federation this design is a beautiful and informative puzzle featuring every state bird perched on the appropriate state flower.
State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide, Third Edition - Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer, Greenwood Press, 2002
Source: Connecticut General Statutes, (http://www.cslib.org/psaindex.htm), April 7, 2005
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