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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 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. - Wikipedia

Notes:

We always leave a few papaya fruits in our backyard for the mousebirds to eat.

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C.Sydes
C.Sydes 8 years ago
Speckled Mousebird
Colius striatus


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7 Comments

Jinki Afrika
Jinki Afrika 8 years ago

Thanks, Seema and Arun, for the nice words.
Thanks, Sydes, for the more specific ID.

Seema
Seema 8 years ago

great picture

Arun
Arun 9 years ago

lovely spotting ...

Jinki Afrika
Jinki Afrika 9 years ago

@Jorge: Wow, you're lucky to see orioles feeding on papaya fruits. We also have orioles in our backyard but they're very shy and elusive. I would love to see orioles eating our papaya fruit for a change just like in Yucatan.

Jinki Afrika
Jinki Afrika 9 years ago

@Alice: Thanks! By the way, the baby barbets I rescued are holding on but they have not opened their eyes yet. I followed the suggestions on the link you sent me but no parent claimed them so I guess I'm now responsible for these orphans. It's their 5th day with me and I hope they'll survive.

Jorge4
Jorge4 9 years ago

In Yucatán is the oriole who likes papaya, there are wild papayas here and orioles are the ones who spread the seeds.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Such long tails! Nice series!

Jinki Afrika
Spotted by
Jinki Afrika

Arusha, Tanzania

Spotted on Mar 18, 2012
Submitted on Mar 18, 2012

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