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Red Light, Green Light

Updated: Feb 6


Turdus Miigratorius

I think that most of us remember the childhood game, “red light, green light”. It starts with everyone along the starting line and when you say 'green light' everyone moves towards the finish line and when you say 'red light' everyone immediately stops.

The American Robin (AMRO) is hands down, the most recognized backyard bird in North America. We all look for that reddish/orange breast, but what else indicates a robin is a robin? Though there are primary keys to bird identification (size, color, habitat) we can also use our life experiences and associations to help us identify our feathered friends.

American Robins can eat 14 feet of earthworms each day! They come equipped with tools that allow them ultimate functionality for their short lives. Though they do have keen eyesight and hearing - it’s their monocular vision (able to use each eye independently) that helps them see subtle movement in the dirt to locate worms. There are 5 sub-species of AMROs in North America. This means that depending on where you live, your Robin’s “red-breast” may have a slightly different coloration, that may or may not be noticeable. The next time you see an American Robin, imagine them playing, “red light, green light” AND listen for that early-AF morning song that sounds like - “cheerily, cheer up, cheer up, cheerily, cheer up”.

The American Robin is the state bird of Michigan, Wisconsin and Connecticut. 🐦🚦

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