Order Coliiformes

Family Coliidae

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  • 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. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/52269 on 14 December 2019).