Wisconsin, being one of the states in the United States of America, has its own state bird like other states. The state bird of Wisconsin is the American Robin or Turdus migratorius.
The American Robin is a medium-sized songbird that belongs to the thrush family. It measures about 9-11 inches long with a wingspan of approximately 12-16 inches and weighs around 72 grams on average. Its plumage varies from grayish-brown on its back to reddish-orange on its breast, with white markings above its eyes which gives it an appearance resembling spectacles.
American Robins are commonly found in open woodlands and suburban areas throughout Wisconsin during spring and summer seasons as they migrate from southern regions for breeding purposes; however, some robins remain there year-round due to milder climate conditions.
Robins feed mainly on worms, insects such as beetles, caterpillars, and grasshoppers along with fruits such as berries.
Wisconsin adopted the American Robin as their State Bird in 1949 following a poll where school children voted for this species over two other candidates – Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) and Blue Jay(Cyanocitta cristata). This decision was made because robins are seen all across Wisconsin during springtime when they migrate northwards for breeding season after spending winters at warmer locations down south. Additionally, these birds contribute significantly to pollination processes by feeding on fruit-bearing trees’ nectar while also consuming insects that might otherwise harm crops.
In conclusion, the American Robin is not only aesthetically pleasing but also plays an important role in maintaining ecological balance in Wisconsin’s ecosystem by providing food sources for other animals while helping plants reproduce through pollination. Its selection as the state bird of Wisconsin shows how much importance is given to biodiversity and conservation in this midwestern state.