Speckled mousebird

Cosmopsarus regius

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.