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(Turdus migratorius). Patient Number 23-1585.
Date of admission: Oct 16, 2023.
Reason for admission: Right Shoulder Injury.
American robins are widely distributed across North America; they are commonly spotted as far north as Alaska and as far south as central Mexico. Northern populations will migrate south to escape the harshest winter weather, while other populations living further south are year-round residents. In Canada, the return of the robin to its northern habitats is regarded as one of the first signs of spring.
Robins are active throughout the day but are characteristically regarded as “the early bird”, commonly spotted in the early morning hours hunting for worms. Robins prey predominantly on insect larvae, earthworms, caterpillars, and grasshoppers. A popular songbird, the robin is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin. In Canada, the most recent banknote series that included the two-dollar note featured a meadow scene with two robins. The note was first released in 1986, but printing ceased in 1996 in favor of the “toonie”. Originally preferring wild deciduous woodland habitats, robins have become residents of city parks, golf courses, and residential backyards.
This American Robin was initially admitted due to a suspected shoulder injury from a window collision. After a few days in care, the wing droop has substantially improved, however, x-rays did reveal a left coracoid fracture (bone in the shoulder). This Robin is also being treated for a gapeworm infection. Gapeworms are a parasitic worm that infects the tracheas of certain birds. This can lead to respiratory distress like sneezing and coughing. Currently, the injured wing is stabilized with a wrap, and a strict antibiotic regimen is in place for complete recovery. Thank you for supporting their care!