Bird with Speckled Breast

bird with speckled breast
What kind of a bird has a speckled breast? I found out that some thrushes do, but this bird is a juvenile robin. Makes sense, since last summer I asked the same question about the speckled breast. Thanks, Michelle, for identifying my young robin.

bird on wire speckled breast
Just last week I saw baby robins in a nest; when my daughter and I checked on Saturday, they were still in the nest, cawing away, and just a bit bigger. She counted four baby robins.

Do you know of a bird with speckled breast?

For a fun review, here are thumbs of my posts on robins:
blue eggs in a robin's nest baby robin robins with feathers
robin crying with open mouth robin with speckles on its back robin with green caterpillar
robin on a branch robin on rooftop robin
The upper left shows a blue robin egg. Then the robin babies are born, and they depend on mama and papa robin. After a while, the baby robins get more feathers and fly off from the nest. A young robin is a bird with speckled breast. The mature robin has a red breast. I’ve seen robins with worms in their mouths. I’ve also seen them eating my raspberries.

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31 thoughts on “Bird with Speckled Breast

  • Interesting that American robins seem to look quite different to the robins we get in London – the American ones seem taller and thinner, with grey wings and black heads instead of browney ones.

    • Cool. I did not know that robins are a type of thrush.

      The birds would peck at the strawberries, too, but I didn’t see as many robins when the strawberries were in bloom last month. Seems to be the season for robins and rabbits in Highland Park.

  • I did not know robins were thrushes either! I love the collage on baby robins!

    I did not recognize the young robin in the first picture either ;)

    • Ha! So it’s good I wrote “bird” instead of “robin” in my title – leaves a bit of mystery until you read the body of the post.

  • I see Michelle already answered you about the teenager robins. That’s one of the juveniles I can identify because I watch them grow up. The only confusion for me is in the trees if I don’t see the beak and wings, it’s easy for me to mistake juvenile robins for brown thrashers who have the same breast as juvenile robins (the speckled part) but brown thrasher have much longer beaks and their wings are brown. They are also somewhat larger (thrashers).

  • When the English first came to this country they named the american robin after their own robin as it reminded them of their own. You are getting fantastic photos..I have not seen one juve robin here so I am enjoying these photos…Michelle

  • Great photos. The American Robin looks very similar to some of the European Thrush species, check out the Song Thrush or the Mistle Thrush, I think you will see the family resemblance.

      • Thanks! It will much easier to follow them when their spotted feathers are gone if their breasts will turn red quickly! Otherwise, there are some other birds that are similar looking. We are in the mountains of Southern California with a wide variety of birds. I am so happy that all 5 baby robins have stayed in our area with the mother robin. Even after 2 weeks of them having left the nest she is still flying to them and subsidizing their feedings. She is relentless and must be exhausted!

  • We are truly enjoying “the show.” It is so awewome and amazing to the extent that we are not getting much done these days! I am in the process of finding an online supplier of earthworms from whom I can buy in bulk!

  • I’m not surprised they go after your raspberries. I throw berries or grapes or cherries out in my yard. It seems like the only thing the robins are interested in. I love to watch them pecking at a cherry that’s part of a threesome. When they peck at one, the others “follow” and the robin jumps back, startled.

    • Hm, at the price of cherries, can’t imagine throwing them in the yard. I rarely buy grapes, because most are inorganic here.

      I’ll have to settle for sharing my raspberries.

  • Wife and I saved this little robin from certain death. Now he comes and sees us everyday. Wish I could send a pic but don’t see how to on this site… Sorry!

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