American Robin

Turdus migratorius


Priorities for Future Research

Welcome to the Birds of North America Online!

You are currently viewing one of the free species accounts available in our complimentary tour of BNA. In this courtesy review, you can access all the life history articles and the multimedia galleries associated with this species.

For complete access to all species accounts, a subscription is required. Subscriptions are available for as little as $5 for 30 days of complete access! If you would like to subscribe to BNA, please visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology E-Store or call us at 877-873-2626 (M-F, 8:00-4:00 ET).

The American Robin is abundant, widespread, and often easily observable, making it an ideal animal for scientific investigations. Despite being the focus of many studies, much remains to be learned about this species. Priorities for future research include:

1. Lifetime reproductive success and population regulation, especially differences among geographic regions and habitat types, and between human-dominated and natural landscapes.

2. The role of anthropogenic change in robin ecology and behavior, including further investigations of artificial light and anthropogenic sound, as well as predation and mating in human-altered habitats.

3. Physiology and hormonal regulation of behavior.

4. Post-breeding dispersal and behavior of juveniles.

5. Territory establishment and spatial variation in the degree of territoriality.

6. Differences in migratory and non-migratory populations and the factors leading to these differences.

7. Disease ecology and the role of robins as reservoirs for infectious diseases such as West Nile virus.

8. Vocalizations and geographic differences in songs and calls.

Recommended Citation

Vanderhoff, N., P. Pyle, M. A. Patten, R. Sallabanks, and F. C. James (2016). American Robin (Turdus migratorius), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.