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The blue-naped mousebird is one of the remaining six species of Mousebirds, an very ancien lineage. The term “mousebird” comes from its ability to move along the ground in a way that resembles the scurrying of a mouse. The blue-naped mousebird is a fairly small to medium sized bird, measuring some 40 to 45 cm in length. Adults have an ash brown, grayish body, crested head with a turquoise nape, and a black-and-red bill, whereas juveniles lack the blue on nape, and have pink facial skin and greenish bills.
Lives in drier savanna and coastal areas of Sahel, and is often in flocks of 50 or more birds. It is locally common and considered endangered.