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.
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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