American Robin

Birds That Look Like Robins But Aren’t

The American Robin, also known as (Turdus migratorius) are an important part of our bird communities. If you ask a birder what birds have the highest frequency, they will most likely tell you that the Robins are the most common bird seen in backyards.

They are commonly found near bird feeders and bird baths. If you have ever wondered what birds look like Robins but aren’t, you might be surprised to find out that there are a few birds that look similar to them. Take a look at the list below for similar birds.

Birds That Look Like Robins

Spotted Towhee

The Spotted Towhee is a beautiful and stunningly bright robin like bird with an orange and black chest. The Spotted Towhee can be found in varied habitats, both on islands and along coastal areas. It is a frequent visitor to marshes and thickets, where it nests during dry and cold springs and summer seasons and returns to its natal forest to feed during winter.

On islands, where it is an abundant bird, it is most often found nesting in tall trees, but has also been observed nesting in hanging bird houses, bird feeders, cliff edges, balconies, pavilions, mangroves, crevasses, cliffs, rock walls and rooftops. They are nocturnal animals and are also nocturnal when it comes to mate selection.

During the night-time hours, they choose to nest where there is a tree or bush that offers them plenty of cover, and they can even hide their eggs in a cavity made for nesting. When it comes to eating, they only consume berries, leaf buds, small insects, spiders, beetles, and invertebrates.

Varied Thrush

The Varied Thrush birds are fairly large, almost featherless, birds of a genus called Ixoreus. They are native to North America but have a global distribution, and are often confused with other common songbirds, such as the Robin. However, they are actually very different in body shape and size, and their songs are quite different too.

They are the smallest of the North American songbird subfamily and belong to the family Turdidae. Like most passerines, these birds have evolved with a wide distribution and adapted to local conditions. 

In addition, Varied Thrush are also nocturnal, spending the majority of the year flying through the night sky. They are nocturnal for the most part, except for the time they eat and nest. They breed during the springtime and lay eggs in early summer, where they spend the rest of the year.

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Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee
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The eastern Towhee is a fairly large-sized New World sparrow,  with bright red and orange feathers that resembles the Robin. A common feature of Towhee birds is their tendency to nest near or in abandoned beech trees.

This may be because these birds are particularly adept at making nests in abandoned tree branches and hollow logs; these features may account for their relatively frequent appearance (especially near water, trees, power lines, etc.). 

When the eastern Towhee was first recorded in 1774, it was thought to be part of a separate species, which was part of the same family as the common robin. Subsequently, a few specimens were recorded south-east of the continental divide in what is now northeastern Ohio and southwestern Michigan. 

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Common Redstart

Common Redstart
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The Common Redstart, is a species of the Parulidae family. They are often confused for the Robin, because of its black plummage, and orange breast. These birds are usually found from Central to Northern Florida. It can be found in large cities, suburbs, small towns, and even farm fields. The male tends to be very colorful and is quite dominant, but the female is much quieter and not as aggressive.

A great place to use as a bird feeder is right on your front porch or patio. You can also find these birds around large trees in backyards. They are a very popular target for bird watchers because of their vibrant colors and their ability to add life to any surroundings.

These birds love to eat berries, insects, and other types of seeds. The female will often flutter her wings and make a call to attract a mate. With these traits and beautiful coloration, it is no wonder that this bird has become a popular species in Florida.

If you would like to find out more about robins, then you should definitely check out this other article that I wrote: How to Attract Robins to your Yard? The 7 Best Tips!