Feeding ecology and diet

Insects are the core of babbler diets. Some species appear to feed exclusively on them, while many also eat fruit, other invertebrates, and small frogs and reptiles. As with any huge family, there have evolved some peculiar specialists. While the bearded reedling feeds vigorously on insects for most of the year, and rears its young entirely on them, it subsists on seeds during the winter, its digestive tract making remarkable adjustments to this change in diet. As one might expect, the desert-adapted Arabian babbler will eat practically anything. On the other hand, the fire-tailed myzornis (Myzornis pyyrhoura) has come to resemble a hummingbird or sunbird, consuming nectar with its insects, and becoming a pollinator in the process.

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