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”
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The mousebird's diet consists of mainly leaves, but they also eat fruit, seeds and nectar.