Survival Strategies of Birds

Lapland Longspur

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Feeding Strategies
  1. Feeding Diversity
  2. Foraging Behaviors
  3. Feeding on Insects
  4. Feeding on Plants
  5. Feeding on Animals
  6. Feeding on Fish
  7. Feeding on Invertebrates

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Predation Strategies
  1. Predation
  2. Living in Safe Habitats
  3. Staying out of Reach
  4. Camouflage
  5. Distraction Displays
  6. Fleeing
  7. Aggressive Defense
  8. Survival Training
  9. Flocking for Protection
  10. Bird Hawk Alerts
Lapland Longspur

During most of the year, a bird's chief task is survival. For the Tufted Titmouse, typical of many songbirds, the season for display, courtship, and nesting in most areas of the united States lasts only from March through June. The rest of the year is spent in small flocks, flying from tree to bush in search of insects and seeds.

In northern regions, the nesting season is even shorter. Arctic-breeding songbirds, such as the Lapland Longspurs, reach their breeding grounds in northern Alaska in late May, and by early July all chicks have hatched. For Lapland Longspurs, the annual cycle involves many months of waiting for the next breeding season.

Between breeding seasons, the greatest challenges that birds face in order to survive include finding food and water and avoiding predators.