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American Robin - The World's Happiest Bird

Photos and article by Charly Mann

The American Robin is one of the most commonly seen birds in America. They are also the friendliest birds that I have ever encountered. Several times a year when I walk on the Pathfinder trial in Bartlesville one or more Robins will walk along with me for up to a quarter of a mile.

American Robin close-up
Close-up of an American Robin near my house in Oklahoma 

The male Robin is also the happiest bird I know. They are the first bird to greet the new day with a song, and usually the last to bid it goodnight. Their song is a wonderful musical whistle sounding like "cheerily, cheer up, cheer up, cheerily, cheer up." which seems to encapsulate their philosophy on life.

American Robin back view
This American Robin recently led the way on a walk I took on the Barlesville Pathfinder trail

Robins are about 8 1/2 inches long. They have a distinguished looking rusted red breast, and dark grey back and wings. Their belly and throats are white. It you look closely you can also see several black stripes on their throat. They have short yellow beaks and white crescents around their eyes. Male and female American Robins are almost indistinquisable, except for their heads. The male's head is black, while the females is grey.

Very Wet American Robin
This American Robin and I enjoyed a heavy rainstorm together

American Robins sleep at night perched in trees and bushes.

Male American Robin
Close-up of a Male American Robin near Woolaroc

During breeding season male Robins grow black feathers to attract females.

Juvenile American Robin
Juvenille American Robin on a fence by Bartlesville Senior High School

These birds wade deep in water to catch small fish.

American Water wading in water
Robins often get in small ponds and wade waist deep looking for small fish

Robins can live to the age of 14, though six years is the average lifespan.



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Robin      12:25 PM Wed 2/22/2012

Thanks for the Robin pictures!

Frank Cochran      2:16 PM Thu 9/8/2011

We see lots of Robbin nearly all year in our back yard. About two weeks ago during our heat wave they all disappeared and have not returned. We have lived in our current residence for about eight years and have had robbins year round and now they are all gone, not only from our yard but also from the surrounding area. Can you tell me why?

james      5:08 AM Sun 4/10/2011

Ever notice how robins hop in the grass looking for worms? They look awful happy hopping around the yard.

Uplifting Visions
a guide to happiness, good health, and success
Charly Mann in a Hawaiian shirt
by Charly Mann

From the age of seven I have been enchanted with the idea of living happily ever after, and have made it a life quest to find that answer. I have spoken to hundreds of people – usually older and wiser than me, and read countless books and articles on the subject. In my website Uplifting Visions I share what I consider the best insights I have learned about achieving happiness in life.

Oklahoma Birds Listed by Color

House Finch - male (carpodacus mexicanus)
Purple Finch - male (carpodacus purpureus)
Northern Cardinal - male (cardinalis cardinalis)
Painted Bunting - male (passerina ciris)
Summer Tanager - male (piranga rubra)

Baltimore Oriole - male (icterus galbula)
Orchard Oriole - male (icterus spurius)

Yellow Warbler (dendroica petechia )
Baltimore Oriole - female (icterus galbula)
Orchard Oriole - female (icterus spurius)
Summer Tanager - female (piranga rubra)
Yellow Goldfinch - male (carduelis tristis)
Western Kingbird (tyrannus verticalis)
Eastern Meadowlark (sturnella magna)

Malard - male (anas platyrhynchos)
Dark-eyed Junco - female (junco hyemalis)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (archilochus colubris)
Painted Bunting - female (passerina ciris)
Green Heron (butorides virescens)

Barn Swallow (hirundo rustica)
Belted Kingfisher (ceryle alcyon)
Blue Jay (cyanocitta cristata)
Blue Grosbeak - male (guiraca caerulea)
Eastern Bluebird (sailia sialis)
Indigo Bunting - male (passerina cyanea)
Purple Martin - male (progne subis)

Great Blue Heron (ardea herodias)
Carolina Chickadee (poecile carolinensis)
Eastern Screech-Owl (otus asio)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (sitta canadensis)
Grey Catbird (dumetella carolinensis)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (regulus calendula)
Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher (tyrannus forficatus)
White-breasted Nuthatch (sitta carolinensis)
Tufted Titmouse (baelophus bicolor)
American Robin (turdus migratorius)
Northern Mockingbird (mimus polyglottos)
Mississippi Kite (ictinia mississippiensis)
Dickcissel (spiza americana)

American Crow (corvus brachyrhynchos)
Brown-headed Cowbird - male (molothrus ater)
European Starling (sturnus vulgaris)
Common Grackle (quiscalus quiscula)
Red-winged Blackbird - male (agelaius phoeniceus)
Spotted Towhee (pipilo maculatus)
Turkey Vulture (cathartes aura)

Black & White
American Bald Eagle (haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Black-billed Magpie (pica hudsonia)
Downey Woodpecker (picoides pubescens)
Red-Bellied Woodpecker (melanerpes carolinus)
Purple Martin - female (progne subis)
Eastern Kingbird (tyrannus tyrannus)
Dark-eyed Junco - male (junco hyemalis)
Loggerhead Shrike (lanius ludovicianus)

American Kestrel (falco sparverius)
Blue Grosbeak - female (guiraca caerulea)
Brown-headed Cowbird - female (molothrus ater)
Brown Thrasher (toxostoma rufum)
Common Nighthawk (chordeiles minor)
Carolina Wren (thryothorus ludovicianus)
Cedar Waxwing (bombycilla cedrorum)
Greater Roadrunner (geococcyx californianus)
Killdeer (charadrius vociferus)
Northern Bobwhite (colinus virginianus)
Red-tailed Hawk (buteo jamaicensis)
Cliff Swallow (petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
Horned Lark (eremophila alpestris)
House Finch - female (carpodacus mexicanus)
Northern Flicker (colaptes auratus)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (coccyzus americanus)
Mourning Dove (zenaida macroura)
Malard - female (anas platyrhynchos)
Purple Finch - female (carpodacus purpureus)
House Sparrow (passer domesticus)
Indigo Bunting - female (passerina cyanea)
Red-winged Blackbird - female (agelaius phoeniceus)
Spotted Sandpiper (actitis macularia)
Upland Sandpiper (bartramia longicauda)
Northern Cardinal - female (cardinalis cardinalis)
Eastern Screech-Owl (otus asio)
Yellow Goldfinch - female (carduelis tristis)
Canada Goose (branta canadensis)

Wild Birds of Northeast OK

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