Frugivory in a female southern figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti) feeding on a native fig. Figbirds are seasonally nomadic birds (they follow fruiting trees, especially figs) found in Australia. (Photo by Wayne Lawler. Photo Researchers, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)

tracts of forest in groups, figbirds converge on trees and work them over for the last ripe fruit; small fruits are swallowed whole. Often more territorial in their foraging, orioles take the same range of small fruits, but include hairy caterpillars and many other insects in their diet. They beat the larger insects vigorously against a perch to clean and soften them. It has been claimed that, for their protection when feeding and breeding, the streaked Indo-Australasian orioles have come to mimic other more aggressive birds in their appearance. Yet such mimicry may exist only in the eye of the human beholder, given that birds see color in a different way than humans.

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