Birds Eat Hundreds of Tons of Insects

Red-bellied Woodpecker - Earl Harrison

If you were wondering about the economic value of the world’s insect-eating (insectivorous) birds, wonder no more! Scientists estimate that birds consume between 400 – 500 million tons of insects and other arthropods each year. In energy terms, that’s as much as is consumed by the humans in New York City.

Many of these insects are harmful, either as direct threats to humans, like mosquitoes, or indirectly as crop pests. You can read all about it here.

So let’s hear it for our friends, insect-eating birds!