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Sternum (Breast Bone) of a Colius striatus (Speckled Mousebird)


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Species Description
The Speckled Mousebird is the largest and one of the most common of the mousebirds. It is found throughout eastern and southern Africa, where it lives in a variety of habitats, and is commonly seen in suburban gardens. The Speckled Mousebird eats mostly fruit, though it will also consume leaves, nectar and other plant matter; it has also been known to eat soil, possibly for minerals not found in its normal diet, and will swallow pebbles (thought to aid in digestion). It is a conspicuously social bird, feeding and preening with others. The Speckled Mousebird roosts at night in large, tight groups, so that they can safely become torpid when it gets cold; its foot structure allows it to hang upside down without expending any energy.
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Sternum (Breast Bone)
External Links
Animal Diversity Web
Encyclopedia of Life
Wikipedia Speckled Mousebird Page

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