American Robin

Turdus migratorius (Linnaeus, 1766) AR AMERO 12030
Family: Passeriformes > Turdidae

American Robin, Callum Macgregor

Similar in size to a Blackbird, this red-breasted thrush normally migrates between North and South America. It is only very occasionally recorded in Britain & Ireland.

Most of the British and Irish records come from the winter months (October to February).

In summer, female American Robins roost on their nests while the males congregate in communal roosts.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter


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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

American Robin winter distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Winter Distribution 2008-2011.
More from the Atlas Mapstore.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


This species has been too rarely reported to BirdTrack during 2011–22 to properly assess seasonality.

Weekly occurence of American Robin from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about American Robin, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Robin America
Catalan: griva americana
Czech: drozd stehovavý
Danish: Vandredrossel
Dutch: Roodborstlijster
Estonian: punarind-rästas
Finnish: punarintarastas
French: Merle d’Amérique
German: Wanderdrossel
Hungarian: vándorrigó
Icelandic: Farþröstur
Irish: Smólach Imirce
Italian: Tordo migratore americano
Latvian: celotajstrazds
Lithuanian: strazdas klajoklis
Norwegian: Vandretrost
Polish: drozd wedrowny
Portuguese: tordo-americano
Slovak: drozd stahovavý
Slovenian: tašcicni drozg
Spanish: Zorzal robín
Swedish: vandringstrast

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