Accipiter nisus with Passer domesticus

A Eurasian Sparrowhawk feeding on a House Sparrow.

Red-tail having dinner

A Red-tailed Hawk feeding on a squirrel.

VFT ne1

A Venus Flytrap.

An animal that eats meat[1]. Examples include hawks, eagles, kites, falcons and owls[2]. 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[2].

Some other birds, even songbirds, even songbirds, will occasionally eat meat if they have an opportunity, but carnivorous birds are exclusively meat-eaters[2].


See also

Western Gull eating starfish

A Western Gull feeding on a starfish.


  1. ^ Holtz, Dr. Thomas Jr.; Luis V. Rey (2007). Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages. Random House. ISBN 9780375824197.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthor= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d e Terres, John K. (1980). The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. ISBN 0394466519. 
  3. ^ a b Harrison, Colin and Greensmith, Alan (1993). Birds of the World. Dorling Kindersley Inc. ISBN 1564582965. 
Anatomy of an amiotic egg This article is part of Project Glossary, a All Birds project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each term related to animals.

Hypuronector This article is part of Project Animal Behaviour, a All Birds project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each term general related to animals.
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.