Feeding ecology and diet

Bandicoots are opportunistic and omnivorous, although the pig-footed bandicoot may have been more herbivorous. Most species obtain their food by first locating it through olfaction (and perhaps also by hearing) and then digging a conical pit to where the invertebrate or plant material is situated. The diet includes adult and larval insects (especially Coleoptera, Orthoptera, and Lepidoptera), earthworms, centipedes, seeds, bulbs, tubers, and hypogeous fungal sporo-carps. Small vertebrates such as lizards and mice are occasionally eaten. In garden areas, and in tropical rainforest, fallen fruit is eaten.

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