Turdus migratorius, commonly known as the American Robin, is a migratory songbird species found throughout North America, including Alaska. The American Robin is a member of the thrush family and is one of the most recognizable birds in North America due to its bright orange-red breast and grayish-brown upperparts.
In Alaska, the American Robin is a common summer resident, breeding throughout the state in a variety of habitats, including forests, woodlands, parks, and suburban areas. In the winter, many American Robins migrate to the southern United States and Mexico, although some remain in Alaska year-round.
During the breeding season, American Robins build nests out of twigs, grass, and mud in trees, shrubs, or on man-made structures. Females lay three to five eggs, which hatch after approximately two weeks. Both parents care for the young, which fledge after about two weeks.
American Robins are omnivorous and feed on a variety of insects, fruits, and berries. In Alaska, they may also feed on fish, crustaceans, and other aquatic invertebrates. Their diet can vary depending on the season and availability of food.
American Robins can carry the Wes Nile virus.