American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
With their bright early morning songs and tolerance for human neighbors, Robins are familiar to everyone. They love moist ground and lawns without pesticides. There you will often see the classic tug-of-war between a stretching earthworm and a straining bird. Robins like berries and gather around pyracantha and other shrubs in fall and winter.
Description: Eight to eleven inches long, male and female similar, but male breast is deeper red. Robins have average life spans of six years.
Nest: Female with help from male builds the nest in spring and lays four blue eggs two or three times during the year.
Conservation: Easily poisoned by heavy pesticide use, and preyed upon by cats, hawks, and large snakes, Robins remain numerous and safe under current conditions. (Birds of Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona. GarryRogers.com. Photo: en:User:Mdf/CCSA).