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.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Song Birds

Sparrow
Around half of all bird species are song birds. These include Sparrows, Thrushes, Warblers, Swallows and Crows. Male song birds sing complex songs when courting or defending their territory. Song birds, who are also called Perching Birds, have grasping feet with 4 toes in which 3 point forward and a larger toe points backwards. Most song birds belong to the Passerine family which is the largest order of birds. This family of birds vary greatly in size, color, behavior and habitat.

Did you know?
Sparrows are carnivores (meat-eaters) by nature, but they have changed their eating habits when they learned to live close to people. Sparrows primarily eat moths and other small insects, but they can also eat seed, berries and fruit.
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