Zoo Animals

Detroit Zoo - Mousebird - Photo By - Roy Lewis

Mousebird

Colius striatus

At the Detroit Zoo
The mousebird can be found inside the Matilda R. Wilson Free-Flight Aviary, where more than 30 species of birds are free to fly, walk or swim among the cover of lush tropical plants in a warm and inviting climate.

Description
The mousebird is a dull brown color. The top of the beak is black on the top and pinkish on the bottom. The long, pale, brown tail accounts for half its overall length.

Fun Facts

  • The mousebird has reversible outer toes, which gives it the versatility to hang upside down and climb tree trunks.

  • The mousebird has a slow metabolism for a bird, and thus does not need to spend every hour in search of food.