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Blue-naped Mousebird

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Photo by volker sthamer Langano, Ethiopia
Photo by volker sthamer
Langano, Ethiopia
Photo by volker sthamer Langano, Ethiopia, July 2010
Photo by volker sthamer
Langano, Ethiopia, July 2010
Urocolius macrourus

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[edit] Identification

  • Ash grey
  • Crested head
  • Turquoise-blue nape patch
  • Black and red bill

Juvenile

  • No blue on nape
  • Pink facial skin
  • Greenish bill

[edit] Distribution

Africa in a band between 10°N and 20°N. South of 10°N it occurs to the east of the continent down to the Eastern Zaire borders. In Senegal the species has increased in numbers which is in contrast to its decline across much of the rest of its range. It is thought that the introduction of the non-native neem tree accounts for this success.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies[1]

There are 6 subspecies:

  • U. m. macrourus:
  • U. m. laeneni:
  • U. m. pulcher:
  • U. m. abyssinicus:
  • U. m. griseogularis:
  • U. m. massaicus:

[edit] Habitat

Dry country in woodland, scrub bush and cultivated areas.

[edit] Behaviour

They live in loose clans moving as a group between one bush and another.

[edit] Flight

Short whirring wings interspersed with glides.

[edit] Diet

The diet consists primarily of fruit although it also eats buds, leaves and flowers.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia
  3. BF Member observations

[edit] External Links

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