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White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) predation on grassland songbird nestlings

American Midland Naturalist

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Abstract

White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) were videotaped depredating four songbird nests in grassland habitats in southeastern and northcentral North Dakota, 1996-1999. Deer ate two Savannah sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis), two grasshopper sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum), one clay-colored sparrow (Spizella pallida), one red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) and three brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater) nestlings. Deer removed nestlings quickly (5-19 sec/nest) at night (22:00 to 05:17 Central Daylight Time) and left no evidence of predation. Although probably opportunistic, deer predations clearly were deliberate and likely are more common than generally believed.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) predation on grassland songbird nestlings
Series title:
American Midland Naturalist
Volume
144
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description:
p. 419-422
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
American Midland Naturalist
First page:
419
Last page:
422
Number of Pages:
3