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The American robin
Wauer, Roland H.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Austin : University of Texas Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
vii, 93 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
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QL696.P288 W38 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In this book, Roland Wauer offers a complete natural history of the American Robin for a popular audience. Combining his own observations as a field naturalist with data gleaned from the scientific literature, he describes the American Robin from every angle - appearance and biology, distribution, behavior, life cycle, and enemies and threats. In addition, he explores the legends and lore surrounding robins (Whoever kills a robin redbreast will never have good luck were they to live a thousand years) and offers suggestions for attracting robins to your yard with favorite foods, water, landscape plantings, and nesting places. One of the few native North American birds that has benefited from human development, the American Robin has always appeared wherever a farmer broke up the hard prairie sod or a city offered suburban neighborhoods, parks, gardens, and orchards. For everyone who wants to learn more about this most adaptable and friendly bird, The American Robin is the perfect place to start.

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Booklist Review

There is probably no other songbird as well known and loved as the American robin. Wauer, a naturalist, begins with a detailed description of the bird, giving data on its appearance, flight pattern and speed, voice, physiology, and avian senses (its sight and hearing are more highly developed than those of humans). There is a chapter on the robins' summer and winter distribution. They are one of the most adaptable species, occurring from the Arctic to the tropics. Breeding birds can be found from sea level to mountain tree lines, in Alaska through Canada to Newfoundland, south to California, Texas, and South Carolina, and in the highlands of Mexico and Guatemala. Wauer also discusses behavior (feeding, bathing, preening, flocking, and roosting), life history (migration, territory and territorial defense, courtship, nest building, egg-laying, incubation, and care of the young), and enemies. With 19 color photographs and two maps, Wauer's book can be enjoyed by amateur bird-watchers and ornithologists alike. --George Cohen

Library Journal Review

Here is a concise yet authoritative life history of the best-known bird in America. Wauer, a long-time National Park Service naturalist, is author of A Birder's West Indies (Univ. of Texas, 1996). Drawing freely from his own experience as well as widespread scientific sources, he presents a vivid picture of the robin's lifeÄits migrations, food, habits, breeding behavior, distribution, and enemiesÄas well as robin folklore and how to attract the birds. His book is brief, well organized, and accessible. It will have a wide readership, as these songbirds live in every state (except Hawaii) and Canadian province, in cities, yards, and wilderness. A pleasure to recommend.ÄHenry T. Armistead, Free Lib. of Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Robin Facts and Fiction
Other North American Thrushes
American Robin Behavior
Life History
Enemies and Threats
Inviting Robins to Your Home
In Closing