Blue-naped mousebird

They can support their whole body weight on a single toenail! I wonder how many steps long their nail care routine is

Primarily found in the drier terrains of East Africa, the Blue-naped mousebird, also known as the blue-naped coly, is among the two species of the Urocolius genera. It’s easily distinguishable from its close and distant relatives due to a bright-blue speck on its nape (back of a bird’s neck), while its body is covered with ash brown/greyish plumage.

As the semi-desert conditions that these blue-naped mousebirds prefer are present and easily accessible over a vast range of African latitudes, their population has continuously remained above the shackles of vulnerability over the years. Their strongly built toes and large rotatable feet provide enough assistance for running along tree branches for food, explaining how these birds survive the harsh climatic setting.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Benin
2016
Burkina Faso
2016
Burundi
2016
Cameroon
2016
Chad
2016
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2016
Djibouti
2016
Eritrea
2016
Ethiopia
2016
Gambia
2016
Non-Breeding
Guinea-Bissau
2016
Kenya
2016
Mali
2016
Mauritania
2016
Niger
2016
Nigeria
2016
Rwanda
2016
Senegal
2016
Somalia
2016
South Sudan
2016
Sudan
2016
Tanzania
2016
Uganda
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Flock

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No