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Food Habits of the Thrushes of the United States

USDA Bulletin 280

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Author: F.E.L. Beal
Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 10,024 / 43 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 43.2
LoC Category: QH
Downloads: 422
Added to site: 2010.10.11
mnybks.net#: 29241
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Science
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s and rather irregularly. Most of them were the long-legged crane flies (Tipulidæ), both in the adult and larval form. The total for the season is 2.70 per cent. Hemiptera (bugs) do not appear to be a favorite food, though a few were taken in all of the seven months except October. The average for the season is only 1.33 per cent. Orthoptera (grasshoppers) are eaten in small quantities until July, after which they form a fair percentage till September. The total consumption amounts to 2.28 per cent of the food. A few other insects make up a fraction of 1 per cent. Spiders and myriapods (thousand-legs) appear to be a favorite food with the wood thrush, constituting in April 20.94 per cent of the food, but gradually decreasing in quantity until September. The aggregate for the year is 8.49 per cent. A few sowbugs (isopods), snails, and earthworms (1.83 per cent) close the account of animal food.

Following is a list of the insects identified in the stomachs of the wood thrush and the number

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