Speckled Mousebird

Speckled Mouse Birds in the tropical house at Wingham Wildlife Park

Size
This bird attains a length of approximately 14 inches, with the tail making up around half of this.  The average weight of this species is only about 2 ounces.

Habitat and Distribution
This is an African species with a range across South Africa, Ethiopia and Cameroon, where it can adapt to just about any environment, and can only not be found in rainforests.

Age
This species has been recorded living for up to approximately 15 years.

Diet
This is a predominantly frugivorous bird, meaning the majority of its diet is made up of fruits, however it also supplements its diet with leaves, buds and nectar.

Groups and Breeding
These birds build relatively large nests, which are produced by both the male and female.  The nest is produced from any materials which the birds can find, which will include man made waste products such as paper and plastic, which leads to a generally very scruffy looking nest.  The female will produce 1 to 7 eggs which take 14 days to hatch out.

Threats
Throughout its range this is a very common bird and is even rarely preyed upon by predators at night due to the very tight groups it roosts in.

Interesting Facts
These birds are called Mouse Birds due to their habit of scurrying through the undergrowth.