National Geographic : 1936 Apr
SOME SONGSTERS AND FLYERS OF WIDE REPUTE U) IN attonal treograpnic society PERKY BUSYBODY OF OUR LAWNS IS THE ROBIN Millions know the note of the sociable redbreast (lower, young right), a true thrush, whose bright waistcoat is a cheerful contrast to the first green buds of the year. This beloved harbinger of spring, now generally protected, formerly was killed by the thousands as a game bird. The eastern variety is pictured here. A highland dweller is the sweet-voiced Townsend's solitaire (upper left), distinguished by white eye rings and light markings on wings and tail feathers. Misty woodlands are the haunts of the varied thrush (upper right, with young), another western relative of the robin.