Speckled Mousebird

(Colius striatus)

Bird | Africa

Speckled mousebirds

Animal Info

Seneca Park Zoo is the home to speckled mousebirds. Their habitat is inside the Animals of the Savanna building.

Status in the Wild

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least Concern. Their current population trend is increasing.


Speckled mousebirds range widely throughout sub-Saharan Africa. They prefer forest and savanna habitats but adapt well to other habitats and are often seen in urban areas containing gardens and orchards.


Speckled mousebirds are omnivorous, feeding on fruits, leaves, nectar, and occasionally termites and ants.

Did you know?

Speckled mousebirds are a highly social species. They forage, preen, and dust-bathe together.

When predators are close, speckled mousebirds crash land into thick bushes and freeze until the danger has passed.

Speckled mousebirds occasionally swallow pebbles to help grind up the vegetation they eat, which aids in digestion.

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