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WORM-EATING BIRDS

A few species of birds specialize in eating worms, while many other species join in occasionally.

American Robin

on grass eating worm

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American Robin      Turdus migratorius
USA; Illinois, Chicago

American Robin

beak full of earthworms

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American Robin      Turdus migratorius
USA; Illinois, Chicago, Lincoln Park, North Pond

American Robin

beak full of earthworms

American Robin c22-50-057.jpg
American Robin      Turdus migratorius
USA; Illinois, Chicago, Lincoln Park, North Pond

American Robin

worm, cranefly, spider and insect larvae in beak

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American Robin      Turdus migratorius
USA; Pennsylvania, Dashields Dam

American Woodcock

close-up of bill with earthworm

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American Woodcock      Scolopax minor
USA; New Jersey, Cape May Co.

Black-bellied Plover

transitioning to alternate; pulling worm from mud

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Black-bellied Plover      Pluvialis squatarola
USA; Florida, Fort DeSoto

Black-tailed Godwit

pulling worm from mud

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Black-tailed Godwit      Limosa limosa
Hong Kong, Mai Po Nature Reserve

Clapper Rail

eating worm on mud flat

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Clapper Rail      Rallus longirostris
USA; New Jersey, Delaware Bay

Eastern Screech-Owl

entering nest cavity with worm, three chicks visible

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Eastern Screech-Owl      Megascops asio

Eurasian Blackbird

on lawn, eating worm

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Eurasian Blackbird      Turdus merula
United Kingdom, Merseyside

Killdeer

pulling worm from ground

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Killdeer      Charadrius vociferus
USA; New York, Central Park

Malayan Night Heron

alternate (breeding) plumage, with large earthworm

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Malayan Night Heron      Gorsachius melanolophus
Hong Kong, New Territories

Marbled Godwit

eating huge worm

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Marbled Godwit      Limosa fedoa
USA; Florida, Fort DeSoto

Rufous-breasted Antthrush

eating a worm

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Rufous-breasted Antthrush      Formicarius rufipectus

Semipalmated Plover

pulling worm from mud flat

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Semipalmated Plover      Charadrius semipalmatus
USA; New Jersey, Heislerville Wildlife Management Area, Cumberland Co.

Semipalmated Plover

with large worm on mud flat

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Semipalmated Plover      Charadrius semipalmatus
USA; New Jersey, Heislerville Wildlife Management Area, Cumberland Co.

Short-billed Dowitcher

with marine worm

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Short-billed Dowitcher      Limnodromus griseus
USA; Florida, Fort DeSoto Park, Pinellas Co.

Sora

pulling worm out of ground

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Sora      Porzana carolina
USA; Illinois, Chicago, Montrose Beach