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Mousebird Pictures, Facts, and Information

Mousebird Closeup


Mousebird Closeup

Two speckled mousebirds


Two speckled mousebirds

Speckled mousebird


Speckled mousebird
Pictures of mousebirds, mousebird information and facts

Mousebirds are interesting because, though they may be near passerine, they don’t really belong to any other group of birds. There are several species of mousebird, including the Red-Faced mousebird, Red Backed,and Blue-Naped mousebird, but the most common is the Speckled Mousebird. Their bodies are about 4 in long, not including their long, thin tail that is about 8 inches long. Their grey/brown feathers are very thin, soft, and hair-like and they have crests.

Mousebirds gained their name from their habit of scurrying through leaves on the forest floor in search of fruits, berries, and plant buds.

Mousebirds have some interesting traits. For example, their feet are pamprodactyl, which means that they can reverse their two outer toes. They also perch differently than other birds, using their abdomen to rest on between their widely spaced feet.