The speckled mousebird is a common passerine native to sub-Saharan Africa.
Speckled mousebird behavior and facts
- Speckled mousebirds occupy habitats ranging from thickets and woodland to forest edges.
- They eat fruit, buds, flowers, nectar and leaves.
- Mousebirds are named for their drab grayish coloration, long tails and tendency to scuttle through vegetation.
- During rest and sleep mousebirds huddle tightly together in groups of four to eight.
- Mousebirds have reversible outer toes, affording them the versatility to hang upside down, climb tree trunks and walk on the ground.
From birth to death
- Nests are made of twigs.
- Downy young are fed regurgitated food by the parents.
- Clutch: 2 eggs
IUCN least concern
Speckled mousebirds, the Oregon Zoo and you
The zoo's speckled mousebirds live in the Howard Vollum Aviary exhibit.