The robin is a bird everyone can identify, but how much do you really know about them?

It can be difficult to tell the male from the female, unless you know what to look for. The sizes are about the same so you need to look at the coloring. The male has more of a black color to his head that bleeds into the brown on his back. His orange chest is also more vibrant in color than the female. As with most birds in nature, the female has a more muted coloring all over.

Ever wonder what they are doing when they cock their heads to the side while hopping around on the ground? Even though it appears they are listening for food, they are actually using their eyes, which are far back on their head. By turning their heads, they can get a better view.

A female robin will have 1 to 2 broods per summer, each with about 5-7 light blue eggs. The nest is a cup shape made with mud and twigs, usually in the “Y” of a tree branch.

Many robins are adapting to our winters by staying in the forests in groups and feeding on berries and insect eggs that they can reach in the ground and under leaves. Robins eat different types of food depending on the time of day: more earthworms in the morning and fruit in the afternoon.

The American Robin is not only the state bird of Wisconsin, but Michigan and Connecticut as well.