How long does a robin live?

If you keep a robin as a pet, you would have noticed that robin happens to be one of the most interesting and friendly wild garden birds. One can’t deny the fact about their fearlessness and inquisitive nature.


And because robins are distinct wild birds many questions have been raised about them. One among these questions is How long does a robin live? It can be very interesting to know that how long a robin can live depends largely on how a robin can survive.

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Roughly 80-90% don’t reach adulthood. From small percentage of surviving ones, almost half of them would die just before the next breeding season. This progressive death could continue for years. The lifespan of a robin can be viewed from diverse angles.

Hence only a small proportion of robins survive hatching. This is due to the hazards they face from their premature stages. Because of the vulnerability of these birds, much is not usually expected from them. However, an average robin living in the wild may not less than six years old and more than 14 years. However, if you keep a robin as a pet, it may live up to almost 17 years old.

How long does a robin live?

This may not be the case for every other surviving bird out there. Let’s set the ball rolling by answering some of the many questions that most people have asked about how robins live.

How Do Most Robins Die?

By now we have already established the fact that robins are wild birds who are seriously into the business of survival. And because they are wild they are exposed to threats and dangers from other wild animals. Young robins and eggs are devoured by squirrels, snakes, and some birds.

Because adult robins are traditional to the wildlife, they become prey to hungry animals like foxes that will attack their young chicks on the ground. While young robins survive hardship after birth, adult robins suffer their death in the hands of wildlife predators either on the ground or in the air.

Do Robins Come Back To The Same Place Every Year?

Robins are very observant of their environments. You will find fewer male robins revisiting the same garden yard every year like the female. If the place facilitates safe nesting and egg-laying, they would often return there.


If they can’t find food in that place, you will find them leaving the nest when the next breeding season approaches. Robins would tarry in a garden yard as long as they have a means of feeding themselves. Hence, robins don’t easily forget the places where they enjoy a surplus amount of food.

Do Robins Pair For Life?

Let’s take the case of North America robins. Two adult North America robins would go for the most ideal time of the year to pair. This happening around January which is when the winter is long mild to lay an egg.

The male and female American robins would usually pair only long enough for the breeding season to last. The male and female American robin birds are, directly or indirectly, involved in raising their egg to become small birds until the time appointed for their survival outside the nests not as an egg but as birds.

How long does a robin live?

At this point, the two American robin birds will part ways. American robins do not mate for life but to lay an egg. The males bird species would usually complement the females during the breeding of the egg.

Once young birds are raised, it’s time for the males to continue to their wildlife habitat. It takes 14 days for the eggs to hatch. Once the 14 days are accomplished, survival commences outside their nests for small robins.

Where Do Robins Sleep At Night?

Unlike humans, who develop their habitat for the purpose of day and night shelter, It will often interest one to know that robins and some bird species do not develop their nest for that purpose. The nest is often a center for their clutch of eggs to develop into juvenile/young birds or chicks.


So a robin survives outside the nest at night, not until she has a full clutch of eggs that will hopefully become chicks. So at night robins leave the nest to pass the night elsewhere free from predators (when the robin has no eggs in her nest) Certain species of robins roost on a branch, shrubs, and bushes. And also prefer sleeping in secluded, sheltered places, leaving the nest.


American robin birds survive on average, better in an animated environment where one has grasslands with shrubs and feeding is assured. Eggs may not last in the cold weather.

Yes and that’s why they have a time of the year when they migrate to a more conducive environment. Excessive winter will affect a robin.

It sure does impact positively the growth of younger one as average robin bird pair towards the breeding of their clutch. Male and female pairing pictures parenthood for juvenile birds. Two bird species are better than one.


Robin’s life expectancy period grows dramatically after surviving the critical (young/juvenile) stage which is normally around one year. One thing to note is that robins on average may come back to the same place every year as long as there is enough food to ensure their survival-only that they rarely remain in their former nest.

Male robins may not pair with the female bird until the egg laying period. pairing lasts only during the period of an entire breeding season usually around 2 years. Above all, a robin who has mastered the act of survival especially among predators can live up to almost 14 years old in the wild which could be the longest any wild robin can ever live in the wild.

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Gabriel Tackett
Double major in Engineering and Geology at the University of Minnesota. Experienced shooter & hunter for over 15 years. Certified NRA officer for over 10 years working as a writer at .

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