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Fight and Flight: 5 Insect-eating Birds Found in North America

It’s official, the Ber months have officially started and Fall is here. Expect a rise in numbers for insects and creepy crawlies alike. You can sure they are celebrating right now and making plans to invade your homes to scout for some food and hidden territory. You should be fine if you have insect-eating birds living in the area.

With these flying beauties around, termite control won’t be that big of a problem anymore because they’ll be having those critters for lunch. Fly up into the sky and let us introduce you to five of North America’s insect-eating birds.

Chickadees

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Chickadees are among the most common birds you can see across the United States. There are three types of this bird namely – the Black-capped, the Carolina, and the Mountain chickadees. These birds are universally considered to be cute due to its having a round sized head that is bigger than its body. As these birds are naturally curious to their surroundings, they are easily found near feeding stations and are attracted to small boxes with wood shavings and will make it as their own nesting area. The Chickadee’s favorite snacks are beetles and caterpillars, flies and wasps.

Wrens

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Wrens are common backyard birds you will find flying over shrubberies and tree branches. They often prey on vulnerable insects like ants, millipedes, beetles and grasshoppers. Like the chickadees, wrens are prone to stay in areas that they think are suitable for nesting. After coming back from their winter migration, they will return to the same nesting area if it was left untouched.

American Robin

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The American Robin is mostly found in North America and is particularly attracted to over grown shrubberies and large trees. Their natural habitats are likely in parks and gardens even in golf courses and open fields. Robins eat a wide variety of insects and fruits are mostly seen tugging earthworms off grounds. Robins are known for their majestic orange breast with a white patch on the lower section and grayish-brown feathers.

Mockingbirds

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You may have heard or read about them in the Hunger Games, but no, they are not associated with Katniss Everdeen. Mockingbirds acquired their name because of their ability to mimic the call of other birds. Northern Mockingbirds are gray in color with two white wing bars on their wings. They can be quite aggressive if there are other birds flying over their territory and prey mostly on grasshoppers, beetles and tree ants.

Purple Martin

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Purple Martins are your typical social birds and share breeding sites with other martins. These birds are larger than the average swallow and feed only on flying insects and fire ants. You’ll be seeing them zooming around the highest perch of trees but during the evening, they hunt in lower grounds or near their nesting area.

If you have these birds near you, they are sure to be of great help in lessening pests near your home. Maintaining your garden won’t be a chore anymore because of the perfect pest control you can ever have— insect eating birds.


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