Birds that visit Restaurants & Cafés

How long have birds fed in association with humans? Which bird species eat lunch with us? Does their table-visiting behavior vary?

House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) in the outdoor serving area of a restaurant. Photo by Agent J on Unsplash

Ecology & phylogeny of birds eating at restaurants & cafés

Table-visiting behavior of birds at restaurants & cafés

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) lunches at a restaurant in Hammerfest, Norway

House Sparrows visit a diner-occupied table at a bakery-shop café in Höganäs, Sweden

Katya and the House Sparrows: A Russian girl meets some outgoing birds at a café

Spectacled Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus) visits a fish & chips café in Kiama, New South Wales, Australia

[Editor’s Note: This multimedia collection was most recently updated 24 October 2021]