ncook57's picture

Robin eating a worm

I was watching a robin eating a worm on my patio the other day. It was pecking at it and shaking it around. I'd assumed it was eating small bits of the worm at a time, but then suddenly, it ate the whole thing in one.

So I now assume that it was killing it first. Is that likely to be the case?

(I know I wouln't like a worm wiggling in my belly!!)

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Kluut's picture

Subduing

The worm is unlikely to have been killed, just slowed-down a hell of a lot.

Ever watched a thrush or blackbird eating slugs?
They spend an age wiping them backwards and forwards on the ground or in grass - presumably to remove most of the slime.

anonymous spotter's picture

Worms

I've seen other birds do this too. Maybe it is to immobilise the worm so that it doesn't somehow block the oesophagous before it hits the stomach.