ABSTRACT

The identities of avian nest predators remain unknown in many systems. The Mountain White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys oriantha) is a high-elevation ground-nesting passerine for which only 4 of 15 suspected nest predator species have been confirmed. In this short communication, we confirm 2 previously suspected but unverified nest predators of Z. l. oriantha that were video recorded during the 2016 and 2017 summer breeding seasons. These nest depredation events include a golden-mantled ground squirrel (Callospermophilus lateralis) in 2016 and a long-tailed weasel (Mustela frenata) in 2017. Both predators were recorded removing nestlings.

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