What Do Robins Eat?

Robins returning to lawns and backyards are considered by many to be the first sign of spring. They’re easily recognized by the bright red feathers on their chest.

Robins are expert foragers and primarily live off of insects, fruits and berries. The robin’s favorite food of all is the worm, which it scours the ground for and will pounce upon on sight. Other prey includes grubs and maggots from beetles and flies, caterpillars, crickets, grasshoppers, butterflies and spiders. Bugs are their preferred foods, but they also spend plenty of time eating berries and fruits like bittersweet berries, pears, huckleberries, raspberries, apples, blackberries, rose hips, choke weed berries, cherries and blueberries.

When they live near the ocean, robins have also been known to eat dead clams and oysters, sand fleas and other small mollusks. They do not eat seeds, which is why you never see robins at bird feeders.

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