Speckled Mousebird Video

I took this video of a Speckled Mousebird while spending the weekend at a seaside resort.

It was sitting in a Bougain Villa eating some leaves, just asking for a quick camera shot. These birds are quite common in South Africa and Mozambique, and they like most types of habitat, and seem to be happy as long as there are big trees around. They feed on all sorts of plant matter, mainly fruit, but also leaves and nectar.

The Mousebird got its name because of its colour (a dull-mousy brown). Even though it’s quite common, and doesn’t have exotic-coloured feathers, I’ve always liked these birds, probably mainly because of their uniquely long tails which make up half their full length (which is about 35cm).

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