Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsZoology · 5 years ago

What beak shape is best for eating insects? What beak shape is the worst for eating insects? Is there any bird that does not eat insects?

4 Answers

  • 5 years ago
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    Insect eaters generally have short, thin bills that taper to a point in front. Since insects are generally not hard bodied, there is no need to have a thick bill to crunch them. Thick bills are better at crunching nuts. Big bills are not as good for eating insects. For example, duck and geese have broad flat bills that are not good at picking up small insects. The same is true of spoonbills. Pelicans have large bills that are definitely not designed for eating insects, but the small thin, sharply pointed bills of hummingbirds are much better. A lot of birds won't try to find insects to eat, but if insects happen to be mixed in with their food, they may swallow them. . For example, pelicans, vultures, cormorants, penguins, swans and geese are not going to hunt insects for food.

  • 5 years ago

    Usually birds that prey on arthropods have a straight or pointed beak. Fruit and nut eating birds usually have a curved beak.

    A birds diet is more dictated by its beak shape than its beak shape the result of diet.

  • 5 years ago

    Seed eaters have heavier beaks.

    The best beak shape is the one the bird adapted to for their particular prey.

  • 5 years ago

    Eagles do not eat insects.

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