A seasonal change occurred in the type of food consumed by the birds studied. Plant food was more important in the winter than in the summer. Animal food, except in one species, was found to be more important during the summer months. The most important plant foods determined by frequency and listed in order of their abundance were: Helianthus annuus, Celtis sp., Quercus sp., Polygonum convolvulus, Amaranthus blitoides, Chenopodium album, and Amaranthus graecizans. The most important animal foods based on occurance in stomachs examined were: Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, Lepidoptera larvae, Orthoptera, Undetermined larvae, Diptera, Homoptera, Coleoptera larvae, Araneae, and Hemiptera. Seventeen species of birds were found to be common residents of the chaparral based upon number of times collected. Thirty nine species were found infrequently. Twenty different types of plant food was found among the species studied. Twenty three types of animal food was also recorded.
College and Department
Plant and Wildlife Sciences
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Frost, Herbert H., "A seasonal study of food of some birds of the Wasatch chaparral" (1947). Theses and Dissertations. 7930.
Birds; Food, Utah