Bird eating a spider

24 Birds That Eat Spiders (with Photos, ID & Information)

Some birds are known to eat spiders, and these specific ones have been documented doing so over the years for various reasons, including nutrition and pest control. These birds, in particular, eat these creatures for their diet. In this article, we will explore 24 birds that eat spiders with photos, ID and information about them.

Birds That Eat Spiders


Eastern Bluebird
Image by Naturelady from Pixabay

It is not uncommon to see a bluebird eating an insect, but how often do you spot one eating a spider? Well, they actually eat spiders all the time. Bluebirds feed on spiders for two reasons: 1) They are opportunistic hunters, and 2) Spiders are high in protein. Bluebirds typically go after insects that fly by their perch or anything else on the ground nearby, but will take advantage of any opportunity to get food when it arises.

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Carolina Wren
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Wrens are known for their beautiful songs, but they also keep the garden clear of pesky spiders. Wrens feed on small insects and some invertebrates like spiders. They will frequently hunt for these bugs in shrubs or grasses, which can be a haven for spider nests. Their habit of hunting near ground level makes them more likely to come into contact with spiders than other birds that fly overhead.

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Downy woodpecker
Image by Jack Bulmer from Pixabay

Woodpeckers eat spiders. In the summer, there are plenty of insects to go around. But in the winter, woodpeckers have to look for their food a little more carefully. This is when they will turn to a favorite snack: Spiders! Woodpeckers can find these tasty snacks by pecking on tree bark and listening for them scurry about inside the crevices of trees or looking under rocks and leaves where they like to hide out during colder months​​​​​​​.

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mistle thrush
Image by TheOtherKev from Pixabay

Thrushes are a type of bird that is common in North America, and is well known for its appetite. A thrush’s diet consists mostly of insects, worms, and other invertebrates. They also feed on earthworms and slugs found in gardens. A study showed that they can get up to 16% of their food from eating spiders. This makes them an important part of the ecosystem because they help keep spider populations down.

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Shrikes are birds of prey that eat spiders. A shrike is a type of bird in the family Laniidae. They can be found all over the world, and their preferred habitat includes forests, meadows, deserts, and marshes. They live mainly on insects but will also consume other small animals like lizards or mice. The bird has a sharp beak that pierces through the spider’s exoskeleton before tearing off pieces of flesh to feed on.


house sparrow
Image by Kurt Bouda from Pixabay

There are many animals that eat spiders, but few do it as often and with such fervor as the sparrow. Sparrows love to eat spiders because they are so tasty. Sparrows eat spiders for a variety of reasons. One reason is that there are so many in their environment – on the ground, in trees, under rocks – that they have ample opportunity to find them. Spiders also provide an excellent source of protein for these birds, since insects comprise much of their diet​​​​​​​.

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Black-capped Chickadee
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Chickadees are one of the most common birds in North America. They love to eat insects, especially spiders. Chickadees are primarily insectivores, but they will also consume other arthropods such as worms and centipedes, and even eat large insects like grasshoppers. When they come across a spider web, they’ll typically take down all the bugs that get stuck on it before flying away with their prey dangling from their beaks or claws. This is called “gleaning.” 

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european pied flycatcher
Image by Erik Karits from Pixabay

If you have ever had a flycatcher in your backyard, then you know that they are the number one predator of spiders. It is not uncommon to see them eating at least one spider per day. A typical scenario is when they spot a spider crawling on the ground, and they swoop down from their perch to catch it. They have amazing agility for catching these small prey items because of their slender wings, which are perfect for swooping down quickly on their target without being detected.


Image by Oldiefan from Pixabay

Jackdaws are not just regular black birds that live in Europe and North America. These cute creatures love to eat spiders! They do not discriminate against the size of the spider, they just eat them all. Jackdaws will also carry a live spider in their beak while flying from one location to another. This has been observed on multiple occasions and is considered a behavioral trait of these birds.

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Both the American and European Robins eat spiders. It is estimated that robins can devour about 100 spiders per day. They find the spiders by looking for their webs in trees, or sometimes catching them as they go across lawns or driveways. They will eat anything that is small enough to fit into their beaks, including worms, beetles, caterpillars and even grasshoppers! Spiders are an important part of a healthy diet for robins because they provide protein, which helps the birds grow.

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Tanagers are brightly colored birds that live in North America and winter in Central and South America. These birds have a habit of eating spiders. It’s common to see tanagers picking off spider webs from trees and shrubs with their beaks and then swallowing them whole. Tanagers may eat as many as 10 spiders in one day! Some tanagers use a spider-catching technique called “sallying.” This is when the bird darts out from its perch and catches an insect in midair before returning to its original spot.

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Hummingbirds are small, fast flying birds that usually feed on nectar from flowers. They can also eat other insects like mosquitoes and flies. Sometimes they even eat spiders. Hummingbirds use their long beaks to suck up the liquid in the spider’s body called hemolymph which is rich in protein and fat. The hummingbird will consume the entire spider after it dies, including its web, but not before sucking out all of its insides with a straw-like tube.

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Image by Jan Erik Engan from Pixabay

Hawks are predatory birds that mainly hunt during the day and can be found on every continent except Antarctica. They will typically fly around looking for prey, which includes small mammals like mice and rats, insects like beetles and flies, other birds including smaller hawks or crows, reptiles like lizards and snakes, amphibians such as frogs or toads. Hawks have been known to also eat spiders because they are very opportunistic animals who will eat anything they come across.

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Bald Eagle
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It is a common misconception that eagles will not feed on spiders. They will, in fact, occasionally consume them. This does not happen very often and usually only when there are no other food sources available to the eagle, such as rabbits, frogs, lizards, fish, insects and rodents or carrion from carcasses of animals killed by other predators.

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Owls are frequently found in forests, where they hunt for prey. Spiders, which can be a natural part of the forest ecosystem, are sometimes hunted by owls as well. In some cases, spiders might also serve as a food source for other animals, such as birds and mammals. When an owl spots a spider from its perch high up in the trees or on top of large rocks, it will swoop down to grab it with its talons and take off again.

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Common Nighthawk

A common nighthawk can eat a lot of spiders. They also prey on other insects and small animals. Many people may not know that the common nighthawk feeds on arachnids such as spiders, scorpions, moths, and grasshoppers among others. With their wide open mouths they will catch any insect in sight with a quick swoop from above then down to earth for a quick meal before flying off again in search of more food. 


Pigeons are often looked down upon by society, but the common pigeon has a surprising ability to hunt and consume spiders in their nests. The pigeon’s natural sense of curiosity is what drives them to investigate potential prey items found near ground level, which could include eggs or other invertebrates that reside on the ground. Once they find something interesting like a spider nest, they can land nearby and start pecking at it with their beak.

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Little spider hunter
Image by Erik Karits from Pixabay

Spiderhunters are a type of Australian bird that has been known to eat as many as 50 spiders in one day. These birds are among the most efficient predators of spiders in forests. Spiderhunters are frequently overlooked by people, but they’re really fascinating creatures that deserve more attention. They have a diet consisting mainly of  arachnids, which is pretty unusual for bird species. They love to sit on trees and wait for their prey. When they see a spider, they swoop down and grab it with their talons before swallowing it whole.

Eurasian Blue Tit

Eurasian Blue Tit
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The blue tit, one of the most common and familiar garden birds in the UK, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Siberia, is not just an average bird though; it has some unique features that make it very interesting. For example, its diet consists of approximately 90% invertebrates, which means this tiny little creature enjoys eating spiders. It was observed that a blue tit will eat any spider smaller than about 30 mm or so – making them natural pest controllers!

Great Tit

great tit
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The Great Tit is a bird that loves to eat spiders. This small songbird will sit in the branches of trees and on top of bushes, waiting for unsuspecting prey to pass by. They have sharp claws that they use to catch their prey as it passes them by, which often includes insects and other small invertebrates. The Great Tit also has a sharp beak with which it can easily puncture the spider’s exoskeleton and suck out its insides before discarding the husk.

Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird
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The gray catbird is a bird species native to North America found mainly in eastern parts of the continent where deciduous forests grow thickly throughout its range. They are regularly seen in gardens and woodland edges. The Gray Catbird is an opportunistic eater, which means they will eat what they can find to eat. They typically forage at ground level looking for invertebrates such as spiders, beetles, grasshoppers and caterpillars to eat. 

American Crow

American Crow
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Crows are often considered a nuisance because they can be loud and messy. However, they also play an important role in the ecosystem by preying on pests such as insects and spiders. In a study, researchers examined what American crows ate when there were no food resources available for them to eat. They found that about 60% of their diet consisted of invertebrates such as ants, beetles, spiders, millipedes and crickets. 

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Common Blackbird

The Common Blackbird also known as the Eurasian blackbird is a bird of the thrush family. This bird lives in Europe and Asia, but it also migrates to North America during winter. Blackbirds are omnivores, which means they eat both plants and animals for food sources. This includes small invertebrates such as insects, worms, slugs, snails, millipedes, centipedes and spiders among other things. 

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow
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​​​​​​​Barn swallows, or Hirundo rustica, are migratory birds found in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.​​​​​​​ These birds are insectivores, with big flies being a large part of their diet, but it will feed on the occasional spider. In general, they eat insects that are caught in flight or gleaned from surfaces. The Barn Swallows also eat bugs and ants from trees and bushes, as well as small vertebrates like frogs and mice if they can catch them.​​​​​​​

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