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Blue-naped Mousebird

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


[edit] Identification

33–36 cm

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


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

[edit] Distribution

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

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

There are 6 subspecies[1]:

  • 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, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Wikipedia
  3. BF Member observations

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