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Speckled Mousebird

Colius striatus

Coliiformes - Coliidae - Mousebirds

Speckled Mousebird - Juvenile

© Kateri Davis

Speckled Mousebird - Juvenile

Distribution: Africa

Habitat: Forest edges and clearings, abandoned cultivations and secondary growth in evergreen forest areas, open woodland & dense scrub

Diet: Mainly fruit, also buds, flowers, blossoms and nectar

Breeding: Nest - large open untidy bowl, built from twigs, leaves, lichen, wool etc, lined with finer material. Several females lay in same nest. Incubation by both sexes

Clutch size: 2 - 3 eggs

Incubation: 10 - 11 days

Rearing: Fed by parents & helpers

Fledge age: 17 - 18 days

Maturity: 1 year


Protocol from Davis Lund Aviaries

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Protocol established 1993
Used on ? individuals
Success rate ?%


Protocol used for at least 5 individuals with over 75% success*
Used by 2 or more institutions*
Points on minimizing imprinting 
Birds went on to produce fertile eggs*
Birds went on to successfully parent rear*

Warning points

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Del Hoya, J., Elliott, A. & Sargatal, J. eds. (2001). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol 6.. Mousebirds to Hornbills. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

Link to Mousebirds in Aviculture book. Kateri Davis, Davis Lund Aviaries

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