Thursday, March 18, 2010

"It's Spring!" - Photo of the Day - March 18th, 2010

It's Spring! - Photo of the Day - March 18th, 2010
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"It's Spring!"

A sign of spring, the American Robin feeds on the Staghorn Sumac on a busy street in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

The American Robin Turdus migratorius is one of the best-known birds in North America. It was given its name by the early settlers, who thought that, with its reddish breast, it resembled the English Robin. However, the American Robin is a thrush, not a robin, and except for the colour of its breast, it does not look like the small brown European bird.

The American Robin is the largest thrush in North America. The adult measures about 25 cm long and weighs about 77 g. In addition to its cinnamon-rufous to brick-red breast, the American Robin has a black head, white eye-rings, yellow bill, black and white streaked throat, and grey back. The male is generally more brightly coloured than the female.

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