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.
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.
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.
This American Robin and I enjoyed a heavy rainstorm together
American Robins sleep at night perched in trees and bushes.
Close-up of a Male American Robin near Woolaroc
During breeding season male Robins grow black feathers to attract females.
Juvenille American Robin on a fence by Bartlesville Senior High School
These birds wade deep in water to catch small fish.
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.