Animals that are Omnivorous

Omnivores are animals that feed on and digest both plant and animal matter. There are no specific groups that become omnivorous. For instance, bears evolved from the order Carnivora. At the same time, pigs came from the family of even-toed ungulates, which consists primarily of herbivores.

Animals with omnivorous diets tend to have specialized niches but exhibit higher food security in periods of scarcity.

List of Animals that are Omnivorous

Mammals

  • Aardvark
  • American Black Bear
  • American Eastern Gray Squirrel
  • American Hog-nosed Skunk
  • Arctic Fox
  • Asian Black Bear
  • Asian Palm Civet
  • Bactrian Camel
  • Black-backed Jackal
  • Brown Bear
  • Brown Rat
  • Bush Rat
  • Chimpanzee
  • Common Raccoon
  • Common Warthog
  • Coyote
  • De Brazza’s Monkey
  • Dhole
  • Domestic Pig
  • Eastern Fox Squirrel
  • Fennec Fox
  • Fisher
  • Grizzly Bear
  • Groundhog
  • House Mouse
  • Long-nosed Bandicoot
  • Mandrill
  • Maned Wolf
  • Olive Baboon
  • Raccoon Dog
  • Red Fox
  • Red-rumped Agouti
  • Sable
  • Sloth Bear
  • Sugar Glider
  • Sun Bear
  • Tapanuli Orangutan
  • Western Gorilla
  • White-footed Mouse
  • White-fronted Capuchin
  • Wild Boar

Birds

  • American Robin
  • American Crow
  • Blue Jay
  • Chicken
  • Common Blackbird
  • Common Ostrich
  • Common Raven
  • Common Starling
  • Emu
  • House Sparrow
  • Indian Peafowl
  • Mallard
  • Muscovy Duck
  • Northern Flicker
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Red-Winged Blackbird
  • Wild Turkey

Reptiles

  • Central Bearded Dragon
  • Common Snapping Turtle
  • Eastern Bearded Dragon
  • Galapagos Lava Lizard
  • Green Sea Turtle
  • Kimberley Bearded Dragon
  • Nullarbor bearded dragon
  • Painted Turtle
  • Rankin’s Dragon
  • Red-Eared Slider
  • Western Bearded Dragon

Insects

  • American Spider Beetle
  • Gravel Ant
  • Western Yellowjacket

Invertebrates

  • Chesapeake Blue Crab

Fish

  • Amur Catfish
  • Black Bullhead Catfish
  • Black Spot Piranha
  • Blue Catfish
  • Bonnethead Shark
  • Channel Catfish
  • Dwarf Sucking Catfish
  • Ghost Catfish
  • Iridescent Shark
  • Opal Eyes Fish
  • Mekong Giant Catfish
  • Mountain Catfish
  • Pictus Catfish
  • Pike Piranha
  • Piraya Piranha
  • Red Eye Piranha
  • Red-bellied Piranha
  • Sharp-snouted Piranha
  • Silver Piranha
  • Striped Raphael Catfish
  • Suckermouth Catfish
  • Violet Line Piranha
  • Walking Catfish
  • Wels Catfish
  • White Piranha

Adaptations

  • Omnivores with teeth tend to have a mix of both canines (for cutting flesh) and molars for grinding plants).
  • The stomachs of herbivores have multiple chambers, and they have specialized digestive tracts.

FAQs

1. What ocean animals display omnivorous behavior?

Bonnethead sharks, Chesapeake blue crabs, etc.

2. What animals living in the desert are omnivorous?

Aardvarks, common ostriches, coyotes, etc.

3. What rainforest animals are omnivores?

Chimpanzees, orangutans, piranhas, etc.