An animal that eats meat. Examples include hawks, eagles, kites, falcons and owls. The carnivorous birds are considered supreme as hunters of living prey but are also known to scavenge, or to feed on the flesh of dead animals.
Some other birds, even songbirds, even songbirds, will occasionally eat meat if they have an opportunity, but carnivorous birds are exclusively meat-eaters.
- The Western Grebe, Caspian Tern, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, and other terns, Black Skimmer, Anhinga, Double-rested Cormorant, Brown Pelican, American White Pelican, Frigatebirds and Osprey all feed exclusively on fish.
- Rufous-tailed Jacamar feeds on butterflies, dragonflies, bees, wasps, and flying beetles.
- Toco Toucan sometimes feeds on the eggs and chicks and small birds.
- Birds that eat insects are called insectivorous, birds that feed on fish are called piscivorous, birds that eat other birds are called avivorous.
- Carnivorous plants
- Carnivorous fungi
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