Florivore

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

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

The majority of birds in the Psittacine family are florivores,[3] which includes most parrots, parakeets, macaws, and cockatoos. Other notable florivores are hummingbirds, sparrows, and toucans.[4] The crab-eating macaque acts as an invasive florivore in Mauritius, where it forages voraciously on flowers of native plants, including the endangered, endemic Roussea simplex. [5]

See also

References

  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. Bissessur, Prishnee; Bunsy, Y.; Baider, C.; Florens, F.B.V. (2019). "Non-intrusive systematic study reveals mutualistic interactions between threatened island endemic species and points to more impactful conservation". Journal for Nature Conservation. 49: 108–117. doi:10.1016/j.jnc.2019.04.002.

Bibliography

  • 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)
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