One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small gregarious African bird with mainly drab plumage, a crest, and a long tail.
Genera Colius and Urocolius, family Coliidae: six species
- ‘Many Paleogene fossil birds of Europe have their closest modern relatives on southern landmasses today (e.g. species with affinities to the African mousebirds, South African serieamas, and Australian frogmouths).’
- ‘‘We feed the birds in our garden and have enjoyed seeing several parents feeding their young - among them bulbuls, barbets, mousebirds and weavers,’ she says.’
- ‘Hummingbirds have also been grouped with nightjars, mousebirds and perching birds (Passeriformes).’
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