A Novel Songbird Nest Predator: The Greater Arid-land Katydid
Authors: K.N. Smith, J.W. Cain, M.L. Morrison, R.N. Wilkins
We describe the removal (predation) of a black-capped vireo (Vireo atricapilla) nestling by a female greater arid-land katydid (Neobarrettia spinosa) in southwest Texas. The event was captured with a nest camera during night in Jun. 2010. Neobarrettia species are known to be aggressive and carnivorous, but this is the first report of a katydid depredating a songbird nest.
Smith, K.N., J. W. Cain, III, M. L. Morrison, and R. N. Wilkins. 2012. A novel songbird nest predator: the greater arid-land katydid. American Midland Naturalist 167:210–212.