Robins Catching the Worm
Name: Richard P.
Date: Saturday, August 31, 2002
Robins searching for worms appear to stare with cocked
head then pounce. Is the primary sense used to locate the meal hearing
Robins do not have stereoscopic vision like we do. They turn their head to
turn one eye toward the subject for a clear vison of their prey. Vision is
their chief tool.
Please forgive the very late reply, perhaps this will still be helpful. When
robins cock their heads they are using hearing to help locate worms. They
use both hearing and vision, I seem to recall learning that hearing is more
important but I cannot verify that.
Is there a conflict here! Yes! The following site clarifies this question.
Summary: Vision is the predominate method of finding food with birds, but robins
to be able to use auditory (sound) when worms are hidden.
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