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A look at the fructivorous world

A fructivorous creature is one that feeds mainly on fruit. They are sometimes also called frugivores, although technically a frugivore just prefers to have fruit in its diet rather than for it to be the main staple of what it eats.

Here are some example of creatures that feed on fruit

Birds

Some birds that only eat fruit include honeycreepers, cotingas, tanagers, sunbirds, manikins and pipits. The vast majority of fruit-eating birds live mainly off berries, but some will happily feast on mangoes, figs, papayas, apricots and even pomegranates. In the rainforests, figs and palm fruits are essential foods for many of the fructivorous birds that live there.

Apes

All orang-utans eat mainly fruit. This surprises many, because the orang-utan is one of the bigger and stronger apes, so the idea that it not only survives, but thrives on a fruit diet is something people often find difficult to believe.

Other apes also only eat fruit in their natural habitat, such as chimpanzees and lowland gorillas. Many breeds of monkey also mainly eat fruit.

Fish

Amazingly, there are frugivorous fish. The tambaqui and the pirapitinga are the two that have been studied the most, but there are at least another 200 varieties of fruit-eating fish in the world.

The diet certainly doesn’t seem to stunt their growth; the giant tambaqui usually weighs in at a whopping 60lbs.

Humans

The fact that these animals eat only fruit and are, in many cases, big and powerful examples of their species is interesting. It demonstrates what a good food source fruit can be.

Some of the world’s most famous and influential people ate mainly fruit. Examples include Henry David Thoreau, Mahatma Ghandi (in his later years) and Leonardo da Vinci.

Eating fruit alone is not for everyone, but a couple of days of eating mainly fruit can be a good way to start a weight loss diet.

Posted by Jennifer
September 11, 2014
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