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Monday, June 14, 2010

That's My World Tuesday: American Robin

I guess I should have known this, but before I started blogging I didn't realize that the American Robin (Turdus migratorius) is a totally different bird from the European Robin (Erithacus rubecula). After reading about different types of robins, one article I found suggested that the American Robin was named robin by colonial settlers because its breast color resembled the smaller European Robin.
The shots in this post are of an American Robin that posed for me this Sunday. Here's a link to information about the European Robin which is much smaller and quite different from the American Robin. For more information about the American Robin you can go to this link. While I'm at it, as those of you in Australia know but I'm just finding out, there is a Australasian Robin of the family Petroicidae. You can read about the Australasian Robin at this link. Were it not for blogging I probably never would have known that different types of birds have the common name robin depending on where you are. I often find that blogging sets me off on research into areas I hadn't previously thought about.
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Mojo said...

Okay, now I'm gonna have scenes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail playing in my mental movie theater all day. "Brave, Brave Sir Robin" and "Is that an African Swallow or a European Swallow?" to be precise...

Nice work on these!

Daryl said...

Sweet tweeter!

ewok1993 said...

Never been much of a birder and only recently saw this in person and was suprised to find it's a robin. I wonder why I always thought robins are red.

Have a great week.

Regina said...

Beautiful world!
Have nice week.

" Regina "

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of American Robin.

maryt/theteach said...

Carver, a very nice job on our dear robin! :)

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Very fascinating colour of the breast.

SandyCarlson said...

These are lovely shots of our robin. Beautiful.

Cezar and Léia said...

Relatives or not, this folk is just charming! :)
God bless you!

Barb said...

I agree, Carver, blogging is a window to learning and sharing! I never realized that the "robin" came in so many guises.

Jedediah said...

The American Robin was the first bird in the US I learned to identify, after seeing tons of them - I called them photo birds because they were so tame and posed all the time. That they have in common with European Robins - when you're digging in your garden, it's perfectly normal to have a robin sitting less than a yard away, waiting for worms to be dug up (or thrown by friendly gardeners).

Sylvia K said...

Lovely, delightful birds! Blogging does send you in search of interesting things, doesn't it? I always love your photos, Carver! Hope you have a wonderful week! Enjoy!


Martha Z said...

Interesting, I know that is true with wildflowers. One common name can refere to very different flowers depending on location.

Jossie said...

Great pictures. It is a beautiful bird an indeed totally different from the European robin.

Indrani said...

Very informative, and lovely captures.

Marites said...

Now, that's quite informative. We are the same in blogging. It sets me off in doing research with things I haven't thought of too.

Luna Miranda said...

so a robin visited you.:)

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

A pretty litle bird.
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Arija said...

The American robin has more the size, look and habits of the European blackbird. Nice shots.

ksdoolittle said...

It's amazing how different the two 'robins' are, isn't it? I'm getting a lot of amusement from my resident robins. There are lots of juvies and they love jelly!! ~karen


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