What Animal Eats Pine Cones?

Pine cones are eaten by both red and grey squirrels. Pine cones are also consumed by some bird species, such as the crossbill and woodpecker. Pine cones are consumed by squirrels, who then discard the cores and removed scales.

Some birds also leave piles of stripped pine cone scales behind, however unlike the scales that squirrels leave behind, which often have neat edges, the scales that birds leave behind are typically rough from being torn from the cone.

To make a pine cone simpler to chew, woodpeckers will occasionally press the cone against the bark of a tree. The consistent accumulations of pine cone waste left beneath trees serve as proof.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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