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White-backed Mousebird

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Photo by leonPotchefstroom, South Africa, July 2004
Photo by leon
Potchefstroom, South Africa, July 2004
Colius colius


[edit] Identification

Length 32 cm.

Pale grey upper parts, bill mostly white (upper mandible with dark tip), legs and feet coral pink, and centre of back white.

Paler than both the Speckled Mousebird and the Red-faced Mousebird, the other two mousebirds in its range. Greyer than Speckled Mousebird. Tail shorter and flight weaker than Red-faced Mousebird.

[edit] Distribution

Western and central South Africa, Namibia and southern Botswana.

[edit] Taxonomy

Colius colius has two subspecies:

  • C. c. colius; and
  • C. c. damarensis.

[edit] Habitat

Shrubby semi-desert and fynbos.

[edit] Behaviour

  • Breeding: Nest is a large cup which is well hidden in a thicket. The young are fed by both parents and also by helpers, usually young birds from previous clutches.
  • Diet: Includes fruits, berries, leaves, seeds and nectar.

[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. Sinclair I & Ryan P. 2003. Birds of Africa south of the Sahara. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0620207299

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