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Speckled Mousebird

Colius striatus

Description:

This bird is about 35 cm (14 inches) long, with the tail comprising approximately half the length, and weighs about 57 grams (2 oz). It is well-named, because it is dull-mousy brown in overall color on the back and on the head (including a prominent crest). The bill is black on the upper part and is a pinkish color on the lower part. The Speckled Mousebird is a frugivore which subsists on fruits, berries, leaves, seeds and nectar, and is fairly catholic in its choice of food from area to area.

Notes:

The Speckled Mousebird is not known for its voice, as songbirds are, although it is a noisy creature. They make a warbling tsu-tsu call while in flight, and are known for their tisk-tisk alarm call while in flight.

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Speckled Mousebird
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2 Comments

ShriPatwardhan
ShriPatwardhan 9 years ago

Thanks JohanHeyns for helping identify the spotting.

ShriPatwardhan
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ShriPatwardhan

Oudtshoorn Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on May 24, 2010
Submitted on May 31, 2012

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