Emus eat seeds, fruit, bark, nuts and stems. They also eat insects, small reptiles, amphibians and other small animals that they can handle. They have also been known to eat animal dung. Though they are mostly solitary, emus often forage for food together.Know More
Unlike other birds, the emu lacks a crop. This is a structure in the gullet, the tube that goes from the throat to the stomach, that both stores and grinds up the bird's food by way of small stones that the bird swallows. Instead, an emu has a modification in its throat that can hold its food for up to a half an hour before it's released into its stomach.
The emu is able to store fat very efficiently. This allows it to go for a very long time without food and permits the male to incubate the eggs over a 48 to 56 day incubation period. During that time, he neither eats nor drinks. Even when they're not incubating eggs, emus are subject to periods where there is little food; however, emus take care to live in areas where they have ready access to water.
Emus are large ratites, or flightless birds. They live throughout Australia in open country, including grasslands, semi-desert and open forests.Learn More
Wrens are primarily insectivores, meaning that they eat insects and spiders such as beetles, caterpillars, earwigs, flies and leafhoppers. Some species of wren have adapted to their environment to include other food items, such as berries.Full Answer >
One of the most common falcon species, the peregrine falcon, eats mainly other birds, such as ducks, gulls, pigeons, cranes, ptarmigans, swifts and many types of songbirds. They also eat bats. Falcons steal prey, such as small invertebrates or fish, from other raptors in flight. Smaller species of falcons feed on small reptiles, rodents and insects.Full Answer >
Seagulls are known as adaptable opportunists, as they are omnivores and feed on a wide variety of animals and vegetation. Besides fresh food, they also pick through garbage and offal and eat carrion.Full Answer >
House Sparrows, the most common type of sparrow, primarily eat livestock feed, such as wheat, corn and oats, cereal grains, weed seeds and insects. Although the House Sparrow was brought to the United States from Europe in 1850 to help control insects, it was discovered that insects comprise only about 4 percent of its diet. Still, these birds are helpful in controlling such pests as moths, cotton caterpillars and cabbage worms.Full Answer >