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Mouse Bird

Mouse Bird
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Copyright: Dan Bachmann (danbachmann) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 19 N: 151] (571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-13
Categories: Birds, Savannah
Camera: Canon EOS 20D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-14 13:59
Viewed: 7966
Points: 2
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They are slender greyish or brown birds with soft, hairlike body feathers. They are typically about 10 centimetres in body length, with a long, thin, tail a further 20-24 centimetres in length, and weigh 45-55 grams[1]. They are arboreal and scurry through the leaves like rodents, in search of berries, fruit and buds. This habit, and their legs, gives rise to the group's English name. They are acrobatic, and can feed upside down. All species have strong claws and reversible outer toes. They also have crests and stubby bills.

Mousebirds are gregarious, again reinforcing the analogy with mice, and are found in bands of about twenty in lightly wooded country.

These birds build cup-shaped twig nests in trees, which are lined with grasses. 2-4 eggs are typically laid, hatching to give quite precocious young which soon leave the nest and acquire flight.

(text from Wikipedia)

image taken with a borrowed Canon 300mm f/4L and a Kenko DG Pro 1.4X teleconverter

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Hi Dan,
good shot of a interesting bird, which I never saw until today (also seldom seen on TFN).

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