Florivore

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In zoology, a florivore (not to be confused with a folivore) is an animal which mainly eats products of flowers. Florivores are types of herbivores (often referred to as floral herbivores), yet within the feeding behaviour of florivory, there are a range of other more specific feeding behaviours, including, but not limited to:[1]

Diet[edit]

A florivore's diet consists of bulky foodstuffs, including the items mentioned above, yet also bark, roots, and similar items. Many florivores are also omnivores, meaning that their diets can also be supplemented by various small insects, for instance.[2]

Examples[edit]

The majority of birds in the the Psittacine family are florivores,[3] which includes most parrots, parakeets, macaws, and cockatoos. Other notable florivores are hummingbirds, sparrows, and toucans.[4]

The parrot: many are florivores, yet some are omnivores.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bird Products | Popular bird products for a happier pet". Pluspets.com. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  2. ^ "Basic Nutrition for Psittacines (Parrot Family)". Animal Planet. 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  3. ^ "Top 10 Nutrition Tips for birds - Blog - Howard Springs Vet". Howardspringsvets.com.au. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]

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Bibliography[edit]

  • Approaches to Plant Evolutionary Ecology by G.P. Cheplick
  • Poultry Nutrition: A Comparative Approach by K. C. Klasing (Department of animal science, University of California, Davis, California 95616, 2005)