What is an Omnivore?
Omnivores are similar to both carnivores and herbivores because they eat both plants and animals. It is very easy for omnivores to find food because they eat pretty much anything. This means that they are opportunistic eaters and eat whatever is available to them at the time. For many their diet changes depending on what time of year it is or where they live.
Bears eat both meat and plant foods; in the spring they eat fish and in the fall they eat berries. Ostriches normally eat grass but if lizards are available they will eat them as well. One of the best examples of opportunistic eaters is raccoons. Raccoons aren’t very picky eaters; they eat mice, frogs, fish, insects, fruit, vegetables and even garbage.
Omnivores in the Desert
Jerboas, roadrunners and rabbit eared bandicoot are all omnivores in the desert ecosystem. The jerboa is a type of rodent that likes to eat plant seeds and insects. Roadrunners, a type of bird, sometimes likes to eat fruit but they also like to eat small rodents. The rabbit eared bandicoot also known as the bilby likes to eat fruits and plants but also likes to eat lizards and insects.
Omnivores in the Water
In the water
there are many carnivores and herbivores but there are also some
omnivores. Catfish, damselfish, and parrotfish are just some of the
omnivores that live in the water.
Omnivores in the Forest
In the forest food chain different types of birds can be omnivores. Have you ever seen a bird in your front yard looking for a worm? Well that bird, whether it is a robin or a blue jay, is an omnivore because it eats seeds but it also eats worms.
Other omnivores you see in the forest ecosystem are ants, and mice.
Omnivores in the Arctic
arctic, the grizzly bear is one type of omnivore.
Are you an Omnivore?
Most people in our society are omnivores. In a normal human diet there are both plant and animal foods. What are some producers that you eat? What are some consumers that you eat?
Did you know?
When you eat
meat it cost more money than when you eat fruits, vegetables and grains.
Meat is more expensive because it has to be
processed unlike fruits and vegetables that you can just pick,
wash and eat. One easy way to save money on your food is to grow your
own fruits and vegetables.