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How to Determine a Male & Female Robin

Updated February 21, 2017

The American robin (Turdus migratorius) is a bird found in many areas across North America. These birds typically breed in Canada and the northern United States, spending cold winter months in the U.S. and down into Mexico. The robins fit into nearly any environment, from heavily populated urban areas to sparse forests. Determining the sex of a robin is an easy task, as there are a few distinct markings that distinguish a male from a female.

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  1. Examine the colour of the bird's head. A dark head indicates a male robin, while a pale brownish-grey head means the bird is female.

  2. Examine the belly of the robin. A male robin will have a bright reddish-orange belly, while a female's will be a dull orange.

  3. Determine the colour of the robin's throat. A male robin will have a white throat with a black streak down the middle. A female robin will have a pure white throat.

  4. View the underside of the robin's tail. The male robin has white feathers here, while the feathers of a female are a pale grey.

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About the Author

Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.

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