Despite its name, this bird is actually a thrush, not a robin. It got its name from the early English settlers, who were reminded of the European robin back home because the males of both species have bright red breasts. The American robin is found throughout Maryland. In fact, the species has adapted so well to man-made environments that it ranks as one of the most familiar birds in the region.
Adults are 8 inches to 11 inches long with wingspans from 12 inches to 16 inches. Males are dark gray or brown on the back and wings with reddish-orange chest feathers. Females follow the same color pattern, but their plumage is not as bright.
They breed where lawns and other short grass areas are mixed with shrubs and trees and in forests near open meadows or grassy areas. They feed on ground insects such as worms and on fruit and berries. Found throughout North America, the species has adapted to the fragmentation of their natural forest habitat and are not considered endangered.
Photograph courtesy of Michael Myers