Do praying mantises really hunt birds?
Yes. A fully grown mantis of the larger species – espec cially a female – can be considerably he eavier than a small bird, so is quite capable ofo overpowering one. The question is s how normal this behaviour is. A recent review of the evidence su uggested that it is widespread, ifi not common, having been rec corded in 13 countries and ono every continent except Antarct ica. The review assembled 147 cases involving at least 12 spec cies of mantis and 24 avians, including hummingbirds, , warblers, chats, flycatche ers and fairy wrens. The ere are also record s of mantises taking g lizards, newts, frogs, shrews, mice, snakes, smalls turtles and a ba at.
I see your bird and raise you a small turtle.