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In my garden in Gauteng, South Africa.
The mousebirds (Colius striatus) are a small group of (possibly near passerine) birds which have no known close affinities to other groups, though they and the parrots and cockatoos (Psittaciformes) may be closer to each other than to other birds. The mousebirds are therefore given order status as Coliformes. This group is confined to sub-Saharan Africa, and is the only bird order confined entirely to that continent. They had a wider range in prehistoric times and apparently evolved in Europe. (Wikipedia)
Muisvoëls is vegetariërs en is uit-en-uit Afrikavoëls. Daar is 6 spesies in totaal. Daar is die bruinerige Gevlekte Muisvoël met sy wit en swart bek (Speckled Mousebird), die Rooiwangmuisvoël met sy kaal wange en kenmerkende ‘tshivovo’ roep (Red-faced Mousebird) en die grys Witkruismuisvoël met sy bloedrooi pote asook die wit kruis wat jy sien wanneer hy wegvlieg (White-backed Mousebird).
Muisvoëls kry hul naam natuurlik van die donserige voorkoms van hul vere, hul lang sterte en muisagtige geskarrel tussen die takke. En hulle is soms so stil soos muise. Vrugteboere sê hulle is ook so lastig soos muise, want hulle kan groot skade in ‘n boord aanrig.
PHOTOGRAPHY:Birds in my garden
Canon PowerShot S51S
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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 2 years ago

    Aww… this is adorable Elizabeth, they are such cute little birds. We had one for many years when we lived in SA, it had fallen out of the nest and we raised him… This is a beautiful capture and brings back so many memories for me…

  • Thanks so much Andrea, glad you enjoyed this one! They have such a “wise” look in their eyes! Love them.

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonabout 2 years ago

    Aaaaaw! What a beauty Elizabeth! Like Andrea, I also had a Mousebird pet, must still write the story – he’s gorgeous, beautiful capture! I think your garden is the best-known kitchen in Bronkies!

  • Lol! Thanks Maree…I enjoy them too! Please write that story….can’t wait! Thanks so much for the fav!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • aprilann
    aprilannabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations on having your image selected to be featured in the group “The Birds”.

    Great job!
    co-host – April

  • How wonderful! Thanks so much for this lovely feature Ann!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinabout 2 years ago

    beautiful clarity, Liz! a cute fluffy one :)

  • Indeed! Thanks Sal, I enjoy this time of the year when many birds visit our garden.

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonabout 2 years ago

    Wow! Congratulations on the quick feature Elizabeth, SO well-deserved!

  • Kyk hoe blink sy ogies nou! Thanks so much Maree!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 2 years ago

    2012/06/05 1 Image per 24hrs
    Brilliant and a fav!

  • Many thanks for the honour and fine comment Magaret!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonabout 2 years ago

    7Jun 2012

  • Baie dankie Maree, ek is seker dié muisvoël swaai sy lang stertjie van pure blydskap!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...about 2 years ago

    Wow What a great find in the open, normally they never show more than their heads..

    Nice write. Thanks for sharing

  • Thanks so much Warren, I onl;y saw them that one day…so lucky!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • jozi1
    jozi1about 2 years ago

    Fabulous shot,Elizabeth :)

  • Thanks Tony!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 2 years ago

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  • Many thanks for the feature Magaret!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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