Do praying mantises ever eat small birds?



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    Yes, according to Bird Watcher’s Digest, they sometimes eat hummingbirds! Check out the link in citations for the article and photos.

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    Yes, praying mantises having been known and seen to eat humming birds. The mantis will sit on plants patiently waiting for the bird then grab when it gets close.

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    Praying mantises have been known to catch and eat hummingbirds out of the air, often while camoflauged as a flower; the first site listed below will illustrate such a catch. These birds are typically a bit small than or the same size as an adult mantis. They will also eat small birds while they are nesting.

    Otherwise, a mantis’ diet will typically consist of almost any insect, small frogs, lizards and even mice.

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