Return to NETSTATE.COM home page.
Click to offer suggestions for this page. Suggestions
Click to report a broken link. Report broken link

Connecticut State Bird

American Robin Turdus migratorius Adopted:1943
American Robin, Turdus migratorius
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

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.)

American Robin

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.

This is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan and Wisconsin.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "American Robin".

The Connecticut General Statutes

The following information is excerpted from the Connecticut General Statutes, Title 3, Chapter 33, Section 3-109.

Additional Information

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

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, (, April 7, 2005
Source: State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide, Third Edition - Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer, Greenwood Press, 2002

To Colorado State Bird. To Delaware State Bird.


Site designed exclusively for NETSTATE.COM by NSTATE
United States Flag

NETSTATE.COM is a Trademark of NSTATE, LLC.
Copyright © by NSTATE, LLC. All rights reserved.
No copyright is claimed on non-original or licensed material.