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Blue-napped Mousebird

Urocolius macrourus

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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.

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Spotted on Apr 3, 2015
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