Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Nightjars and Frogmouths

Nightjar
There are about 100 species of nightjars and frogmouths. They are nocturnal birds that feed on insects caught either in flight or while foraging on the ground.

Nightjars are sometimes called "goatsuckers," from the once-common myth that they suckled goats' milk, while frogmouths earned their name because, well, their mouths are reminiscent of those of a frog. Nightjars have a near-global distribution, but frogmouths are restricted to India, Southeast Asia and Australia.

Did you know?
These birds tend to nest either on the ground or in the crooks of trees.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mousebirds


There are six species of mousebirds, small, rodent-like birds that scurry through trees in search of fruits, berries, and the occasional insect. Mousebirds are restricted to the open woodlands, scrublands and savannas of sub-Saharan Africa. They usually gather in flocks of up to thirty or so individuals, except during breeding season, when males and females pair up.

Their plumage is very soft, and their feet quite large. Although some species have red or orange feet and red around the eyes, their feathering is mainly browns or bluish-greys so coloring is not their main attraction. These acrobatic birds have some unique characteristics including the “mousebird hang”

Did you know?
The mousebird's diet consists of mainly leaves, but they also eat fruit, seeds and nectar.
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