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Word of the Week: Insectivore
May 23, 2018 by Sammy Tangir

Welcome to Word of the Week! Stay tuned for a new word each Wednesday to amp up your nature vocabulary!

The Purple Martin (a long-distance migrant) is an insectivorous swallow you can find in High Park! We haven't seen them yet this year but they may be seen feeding over Grenadier Pond later this season. (Photo credit: Karen Yukich)

Insectivore [in-SEK-tuh-vohr] (noun): An animal who eats mainly insects.

Swallows are insectivores, feeding mainly on flying insects from dawn until dusk. It’s no wonder they twist and turn in mid-air, flying dramatically through the sky to catch their meal! We are excited to see them return to Toronto! Mammals can be insectivores too, including shrews and moles. What insectivores do you have in your neighbourhood?

If you are interested in helping the swallows and have room in your backyard, try your hand building a Purple Martin birdhouse! You can download a plan and get more details here.

Sammy Tangir - Sammy is a serious nature nerd and especially enthusiastic about plants! When she is not thinking of next week's nature word, she is working as an outdoor educator and practicing her wood carving skills.

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