These animals eat absurd amounts of food
Humans on Thanksgiving are no match for these extreme eaters, like hummingbirds, who eat twice their body weight in a day.
In the U.S. it’s nearly Thanksgiving, a time we gather to appreciate what we have—and feel our waistlines expand like a puffer fish.
With the most food-centric holiday upon us, we wondered which non-human animals stuff themselves, and why?
Many birds chow down to sustain themselves before long non-stop flights over oceans or deserts, says Dan Roby, a wildlife ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey and Oregon State University, by email. Scientists call these periods of intense feeding “hyperphagy.”
With one of the world’s longest migrations, the blackpoll warbler has to seriously fuel up before its trip. The tiny birds breed as far north as Alaska, and each year fly to New England, where they “double their weight by