Speckled Mousebird | Colius striatus

Robert's Birding Information: Speckled Mousebird

The Speckled Mousebird is a Southern African bird that belongs to the coliidae bird family group which includes birds such as Mousebirds.Speckled Mousebird

The description for the Speckled Mousebird (Latin name Colius striatus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Colius striatus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 424 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 197. You will find a picture of the Speckled Mousebird on page 161.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.Speckled Mousebird

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Speckled Mousebird between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Speckled Mousebird is known in Afrikaans as Gevlekte Muisvo?l.

The Speckled Mousebird has a height of 33 cms and weighs around 55 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured black. The Colius striatus has a white coloured throat, purple legs and a cinnamon coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is brown.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are purple.

Throat is white.

Back is cinnamon.

Speckled Mousebird Feeding Habits ...

The Speckled Mousebird is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten.

The Colius striatus forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

The bird also drinks nectar from flowers high up in the tree canopy.

Speckled Mouse Bird Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foliage.

The bird builds its nest on the ground with figs, straw and leaves. The nest is placed under a bush to protect the young from predators.

The Speckled Mousebird is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams.

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests.

The bird is an urban dweller as well, being at home in parks, gardens and in old vacated buildings.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks.