Robin Attack

Some animals also appear to recognize their own reflections. Take American Robins, for example. Male Robins sometimes take their reflection in a window for a competitor and repeatedly attack said competitor. In 2003, we learned about this phenomenon first hand. Our experience is not unique. You can many similar stories with a quick search on the web using the search terms “robin attack.”

This particular Robin first attacked a window in a back door of our house, then, over a period of a couple of weeks, circled our house and shop, attacking his reflection in half a dozen windows. Neither the Robin nor the windows sustained any lasting damage, though it was a bit of a problem cleaning up the mess.

American Robin male (Turdus migratorius) attacking his reflection in a window.

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