Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"Robin, Robin, Red Breast" - Photo of the Day - April 13th, 2010

Robin, Robin, Red Breast - Photo of the Day - April 13th, 2010
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"Robin, Robin, Red Breast"

An American robin looks up, alert for predators, while walking across green grass.

Captured in Edward’s Gardens, the gardens of the Toronto Botanical Society, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Taken with a Canon Digital Rebel.

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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