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Speckled Mousebird

Colius striatus


  • Africa


  • Grasslands


  • Fruits
  • Buds
  • Insects

The six living species of mousebirds are found only in Africa. Dining upon fruits, buds, and insects, their specially-jointed jaws give them a snake-like ability to swallow huge food.

Fur-like feathers grow randomly over their entire body, not in neat patterns like other birds. Often found hanging beneath a perch with feet next to their head, this bird can rotate all four toes to point the same way.

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