American Robins were first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1766 the species name Turdus migratorius. Turdus is the Latin word for “thrush” and migratorius comes from the Latin word migare which means “to go”. In many parts of North America American Robins are migratory though in some locations they are year round residents. Here in Utah I see them year round.
During the warmer months American Robins start to sing long before sunrise and if you have a window open you might even curse them because their dawn song goes on and on and on. I love that song… as long as they aren’t right outside my window when I am trying to sleep.
Three states call the American Robin their state bird and quite a few songs have been written which feature them in the lyrics and they are also considered the harbingers of spring. American Robins are spoken about in Native American legends where the story is told that they got their red breast by fanning the dying flames of a fire to save a native American man and a child.
Personally, I love to see American Robins any time of the year and to watch them searching for prey. Common? Yes, but delightful too.