American Robin

American Robin

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(Turdus migratorius). Patient Number(s) 24-217-220

Date of admission: May 18, 2024.
Reason for admission: Orphaned and Displaced.

Patient History:

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. 

Officially the first nestlings of the 2024 season, these robin patients were brought to AIWC after their nest was discovered in a motor home, which had travelled away from the original location. As they cannot be returned to their parents, they will receive rehabilitative care at our wildlife hospital until they are old enough to be placed in an outdoor enclosure. Together they will learn how to forage for food and perfect their flying skills. One warm morning they will be released, and all will be able to migrate together.