Robin Illustration

Printed by the Sackett & Wilhels Co., N.Y.
Yearbook of the U.S. Department of Agriculture-1913

Washington: Government Printing Office, 1914
Gould Library Government Documents

Unlike “The Shyest Member of the Family,” or the “Townsend’s solitaire,” the robin is a very sociable and family-oriented bird.

As is usual among birds, the gayest colored members of this family are the poorest musicians. So it happens that the bluebird and the robin sing less frequently than the more somber-colored thrushes. However, they do sing, and their notes are listened for in the early spring by country folk, who welcome these earliest heralds of warmer weather and flowers.