Order Coliiformes

Family Coliidae

Mousebirds
Only subscribers have complete access to the families of the HBW Alive. To make the most of all of HBW's features, discover our subscriptions now!
HBW Alive Plans & Pricing  Why subscribe

Vertical Tabs

General
  • Smallish to medium-sized arboreal birds resembling passerines, with dull grey or brown plumage, very long tail, erectile crest, and toes which can all be directed forwards.
  • Afrotropical.
  • All bushy or wooded habitats, except dense forest.
  • 29-38 cm.
  • 2 genera, 6 species, 36 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

de Juana, E. (2017). Mousebirds (Coliidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52269 on 17 October 2017).