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Recognizing and Choosing Food : Question 1
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Study the following pie charts which show how a fox's diet varies with the seasons.

Key

fruits icon

Fruits

rabbits icon

Rabbits and small mammals

insects icon

Insects

birds icon

Birds

 

spring 

summer 

Spring

Summer

autumn

winter

Autumn

Winter

 

(a) (i) When does the fox eat most fruit?
(ii) When does the fox eat least fruit?
(iii) Why do the amounts of insects and birds in the diet change between summer and winter?

(i)

 

 

 

(ii)

 

 

 

(iii)

 

 

 

(b) (i) How do the amounts of insects and birds in the diet change between the summer and autumn?
(ii) What is the reason for this?

(i) Insects

 

(i) Birds

 

(ii) Reasons - insects

 

 

(ii) Reasons - birds

 

 

(c) What do the pie charts not tell you about the diet of the fox?

 

 

 

(d) Explain the change in the number of insects eaten during each of the four seasons.

Spring

 

 

Summer

 

 

Autumn

 

 

Winter

 

 

(e) What effect will the changes in the fox's diet have on the numbers of rabbits?

 

 

 

(f) Most mammals reproduce more offspring (have babies) in the spring and early summer. Why is this?