Berries

August 2014

Interactive August 20, 2014

Eat Like a (Frugivorous) Bird

We’re not sure where the phrase “eat like a bird” originated, but it’s definitely misleading. Birds consume massive quantities of food compared to their body weights every day. In this interactive infographic, find out how you would have to eat if you were to “eat like a bird” if you wanted to eat like two of North America’s most recognizable frugivorous— or "berry-eating"—birds.

Select A Bird To Eat Like

Phainopepla

Phainopepla

(Phainopepla nitens)

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

(Bombycilla cedrorum )

Please Enter Your Weight In Pounds

Phainopepla

A phainopepla consumes about

264

mistletoe berries per day1

0.0159g

Avg. Weight of a
Mistletoe Berry2

15%

Percent of Mistletoe
Berry Mass That is Fat2

26.7g

Avg. Weight of
a Phainopepla1

We can't eat mistletoe berries, but we do love blueberries! If you ate the same amount of blueberries relative to your weight, you'd eat:

Blueberries per day

(1 blueberry = 1.36g4)
—or about—

of blueberries per day

(1 pint = 217 berries4)
Phainopepla

A cedar waxwing consumes about

228

dogwood berries (Cornus florida) per day5

0.14g

Avg. Weight of a
Dogwood Berry (Cornus florida)5

16.7%

Percent of Cedar
Berry Mass That is Fat5

32g

Avg. Weight of
a Cedar Waxwing6

We can't eat dogwood berries, but we do love blueberries! If you ate the same amount of blueberries relative to your weight, you'd eat:

Blueberries per day

(1 blueberry = 1.36g4)
—or about—

of blueberries per day

(1 pint = 217 berries4)
Sources
  1. All About Birds
  2. Walsberg, G. 1975. Digestive Adaptations of Phainopepla nitens Associated with the Eating of Mistletoe Berries. The Condor Vol. 77, No.2:169-175.
  3. USDA
  4. USDA
  5. Holthuijzen, A. and C..Adkisson. 1984. Passage Rage, Energetics, and Utilization Efficiency of the Cedar Waxwing. The Wilson Bulletin Vol. 96, No. 4:680-684
  6. All About Birds

This Month’s Articles

Top Five Native Berries For Birds For Your Yard

Take Action August 28, 2014

Eat Like a (Frugivorous) Bird

Interactive August 20, 2014

Attract Birds With These Berry-Bearing Plants For Your Container Garden

Take Action August 11, 2014

Does It Matter To Birds Which Berries I Plant?

Illustrated Answer August 4, 2014

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