There are many species of thrushes, and all have diets consisting of a combination of insects, berries and seeds. The specific plants and insects a thrush eats vary by region. They tend to feed mostly on insects and berries in the spring and summer and seeds during the winter.Know More
The varied thrush is a species that is common in the western United States and Canada. It lives in damp, mossy forests and feeds on the insects and berries found within these forests. In the winter, varied thrushes can be seen along roadsides and lawns, where they are typically searching for seeds. They do most of their foraging on the ground, seeking brush for cover when possible. Females use twigs, moss and leaves to build nests in the bases of tree trunks, and both male and female birds feed the young.
Another common type of thrush is the wood thrush. Found in eastern North America, it is most prevalent in forests containing American beech, maple, eastern hemlock and oak trees. Their diets consist largely of fruits like fox grapes, blueberries and elderberries, although they also eat small invertebrates, such as worms. They pre-soften both fruits and worms before feeding them to their young. Wood thrushes build their nests in the lower branches of saplings and shrubs.Learn more about Birds
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 >
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 >
Meadowlarks eat a variety of bugs and insects, including grubs, caterpillars, grasshoppers, spiders and crickets. When insects are scarce in the winter, the meadowlark will eat seeds, corn and wild growing fruits, but the majority of its diet is bugs. Both the eastern and western meadowlark have the same diet.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 >