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Mousebirds
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coliiformes
Murie, 1872
Family: Coliidae
Swainson, 1837
Genera
Colius
Urocolius

The mousebirds are a small group of near passerine birds which have no clear affinities to other groups, and are therefore given order status. This group is confined to sub-Saharan Africa, and is the only bird order confined entirely to that continent. This group may have had a wider range in the past. There is a record of a fossil mousebird from the Eocene in England. Scientific classification or biological classification is how biologists group and categorize extinct and living species of organisms (as opposed to folk taxonomy). ... Phyla Subregnum Parazoa Porifera (sponges) Subregnum Agnotozoa Placozoa (trichoplax) Orthonectida (orthonectids) Rhombozoa (dicyemids) Subregnum Eumetazoa Radiata (unranked) (radial symmetry) Ctenophora (comb jellies) Cnidaria (coral, jellyfish, anemones) Bilateria (unranked) (bilateral symmetry) Acoelomorpha (basal) Orthonectida (parasitic to flatworms, echinoderms, etc. ... Typical Classes Subphylum Urochordata - Tunicatas Ascidiacea Thaliacea Larvacea Subphylum Cephalochordata - Lancelets Subphylum Myxini - Hagfishes Subphylum Vertebrata - Vertebrates Petromyzontida - Lampreys Placodermi (extinct) Chondrichthyes - Cartilaginous fishes Acanthodii (extinct) Actinopterygii - Ray-finned fishes Actinistia - Coelacanths Dipnoi - Lungfishes Amphibia - Amphibians Reptilia - Reptiles Aves - Birds Mammalia - Mammals Chordates (phylum Chordata) include the vertebrates, together with... For other meanings of bird, see bird (disambiguation). ... William Swainson William Swainson (October 8, 1789 - December 6, 1855), was an English ornithologist and artist. ... Near passerine is a term often given to those land birds most closely related to the true passerines in the order Passeriformes Rainbow Bee-eater They comprise Order Pterocliformes sandgrouse Order Columbiformes dodos, pigeons and doves Order Psittaciformes cockatoos and parrots Order Cuculiformes turacos and cuckoos Order Strigiformes owls Order... Orders Many - see section below. ... Scientific classification or biological classification refers to how biologists group and categorize extinct and living species of organisms. ... A satellite composite image of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second-most populous continent, after Asia. ... The Eocene epoch (56-34 Ma) is a major division of the geologic timescale and the second epoch of the Palaeogene period in the Cenozoic era. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the British Isles Languages None official English de facto Capital None official London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid-2004) – Total (2001...


They are slender greyish or brown birds with soft, hairlike body feathers and very long thin tails. They are arboreal and scurry through the leaves like rodents in search of berries, fruit and buds. This habit, and their legs, gives rise to the group's English name. They are acrobatic, and can feed upside down. All species have strong claws and reversible outer toes. They also have crests and stubby bills. Families See Classification Section The order Rodentia is the most numerous of all the branches on the mammal family tree. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...


Mousebirds are gregarious, again reinforcing the analogy with mice, and are found in bands of about twenty in lightly wooded country. Feral mouse A mouse is a mammal that belongs to one of numerous species of small rodents in the genus Mus and various related genera of the family Muridæ (Old World Mice). ...


These birds build twig nests in trees, which are lined with grasses. 2-4 eggs are typically laid, hatching to give quite precocious young which soon leave the nest and acquire flight.


There are two subfamilies, each with a single genus. The species are:

  • Order Coliiformes
    • Family Coliidae
      • Subfamily Coliinae
        • Genus Colius
          • Speckled Mousebird, Colius striatus
          • White-headed Mousebird, Colius leucocephalus
          • Red-backed Mousebird, Colius castanotus
          • White-backed Mousebird, Colius colius
      • Subfamily Urocoliinae
        • Genus Urocolius
          • Blue-naped Mousebird, Urocolius macrourus
          • Red-faced Mousebird, Urocolius indicus

Binomial name Urocolius macrourus (Linnaeus, 1766) The Blue-naped Mousebird, Urocolius macrourus is 13-14. // Physical characteristics A slender-tailed, ash grey mousebird common in dry country. ...

External links

  • Mousebird videos on the Internet Bird Collection

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mousebird - Encyclopedia.com (443 words)
Unlike the woodpeckers, however, mousebirds are further aided in climbing by a reversible outer toe.
Mousebirds are gregarious and are found in bands of 20 to 30 throughout the orchard and brush country of sub-Saharan Africa.
Mousebirds are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Coliiformes, family Coliidae.
Coliiformes (Mousebirds) (576 words)
Mousebirds are gregarious animals, living in small to medium sized flocks with a definite leader.
Mousebirds inhabit a variety of habitats from savannah to forest edge and from sea level to about 2400 m (8,000 ft), but are not found within the true forest.
Mousebirds are fairly noisy, emitting a constant chatter of tsik tsik call notes when foraging or flying in a flock.
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