What is the lifespan of a robin?

The American robin is a migratory bird of the true thrush genus and Turdidae, the wider thrush family. It is named after the European robin because of its reddish-orange breast, though the two species are not closely related, with the European robin belonging to the Old World flycatcher family.

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Why do robins only live 2 years?

A robin's lifespan is just 13 months on average due to high mortality among robins in their first year. Once they've passed that barrier, they stand a much better chance of surviving for quite a while - the record currently stands at 19 years.

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What is the natural lifespan of a robin?

Robins begin breeding when they're about one year old and usually live for two years, though one wild robin was recorded to be 14 years old. The American robin's population is large and appears to be increasing.

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Do robins return to the same place every year?

Robins can have one to three broods per year and build a new nest for each. Robins often return to the same area, yard, even tree annually to nest.

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What is the longest living robin?

As of February, 2001, the longest-living banded wild robin ever recorded had survived 13 years and 11 months, according to the Bird Banding Laboratory at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. In captivity, robins have survived longer than 17 years.

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Things you need to know about ROBINS!

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Can a robin recognize a human?

The simple answer to this question is YES! Robins can recognise humans. For the most part, robins recognise a human's traits, such as the way they move, walk and even facial features. For the most part, though, robins closely follow your schedule and movements, especially when food is involved.

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Are robins intelligent birds?

How smart are robins? A. Robins are not quick to learn new things as blue jays, and do not have as good reasoning power as jays. But they are adaptable, and can quickly figure out how to find food and shelter in a new area where they've never been before.

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Should I remove old robin nest?

While robins might repair or build on top of a previous nest, most of them build a new nest. This is best for many reasons. A used nest is a mess, stretched out and often home to insects or parasites and possibly poop. Take the nest down and the site will be ready for the next robin.

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Why has my robin disappeared?

It may be that it has already settled down into it's breeding season in a nearby garden and so is preoccupied feeding little robins it hasn't got the time to visit your feeders! Expect it to come back soon though, maybe with juveniles in tow.

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What month do robins have their babies?

American robins breed in the spring shortly after returning from their winter range. The breeding season extends from April through July. American robins are one of the first birds to begin laying eggs each spring. They normally have two or three sets of young (broods) in each breeding season.

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How do you befriend a robin?

The more time you spend with them, the more your Robins will become familiar with you and grow trust. In time they will be confident enough to eat from your hand. To gain their trust, place their favourite food 2 - 3 meters away from you and let them get used to eating near you.

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Are robins always friendly?

They're only seen as aggressive because of "the contrast with their reputation as a friendly bird" and their place in folklore and on Christmas cards, say Madge. And it's true that they are at ease around humans. Robins will often approach gardeners, hoping that they will turn over worms as they dig the soil.

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Why are robins so friendly?

Another reason why Robins are tame is history. Being a woodland edge species, the Robin has always lived near humans. In the last 150 years in Britain it has coexisted close to us but not been persecuted.

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Where do robins sleep at night?

In addition to bushes, hedge banks and trees, an adult or juvenile robin can be found sleeping in log piles, wellies, sheds and even under car bonnets. They also appreciate the security and warmth that nesting boxes and hanging baskets provide. Here, they can stay warm and hidden under a roof canopy.

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How do you tell a male robin from a female?

The male robin is brighter in color than the female. His eye ring, bright beak color, black head, and white throat markings all show this bird is a male. The female's feathers look washed out and faded compared to the darker, richer colors of the male.

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What do robins like to eat?

Robins feed on insects (especially beetles) and worms. You might notice one following you about as your dig up your garden hoping to nab a few worms as you unearth them. Robins can also eat fruit, seeds, suet, crushed peanuts, sunflower hearts and raisins.

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How do you nurse a robin back to health?

Place the wild bird in a cardboard box and cover it with a lid or towel. Then place the box in a cool, safe place to give the wild bird time to recover from the shock of the injury. Be careful when handling the injured bird; use gloves to protect yourself from any disease or germ.

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How long can a robin live without food and water?

Many birds can go long periods without eating a morsel or taking a sip of water. Some birds, such as the male hummingbird and the migratory robin, can live off their body fat for several days before they die from starvation.

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What scares a robin away?

Noisemakers such as wind chimes and wind spinners as well as brightly-colored ribbons or Mylar streamers can be used to scare off robins.

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Do birds mourn the loss of a baby?

Birds normally don't mourn the loss of young chicks. The parents are usually so preoccupied with making sure the remaining chicks stay alive that they don't really notice the death. With pigeons and doves , this is almost always the case.

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How do you tell if a robin has abandoned her nest?

If you do not see any adults near the nest and there is no progress (no hatched eggs, etc.) after four (or more) weeks, the nest may have been abandoned. For a nest containing young, often nestlings may appear to be abandoned when they are actually not.

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What happens if a robin falls out of its nest?

When fledglings leave their nest they rarely return, so even if you see the nest it's not a good idea to put the bird back in—it will hop right back out. Usually there is no reason to intervene at all beyond putting the bird on a nearby perch out of harm's way and keeping pets indoors.

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Do birds remember humans?

New research suggests that some birds may know who their human friends are, as they are able to recognize people's faces and differentiate between human voices. Being able to identify a friend or potential foe could be key to the bird's ability to survive.

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What does it mean when a robin follows you around?

Many people believe that a visit from a Robin is a sign that a lost relative is visiting them, in the spiritual world Robins are viewed as a symbol of visits from our deceased loved ones. The Robin also symbolises new beginnings and life, and is also looked upon by many as a sign of fortune and good luck.

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Do robin birds have feelings?

That familiarity leaves no doubt that pet birds can and do feel emotions. Without as much intimate interaction with wild birds, however, it can be difficult to see the same emotional depth in backyard birds.

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