Zoo Animals

Detroit Zoo - Mousebird - Photo By - Roy Lewis

Speckled mousebird

Colius striatus

At the Detroit Zoo
The speckled mousebird can be found inside the Matilda R. Wilson Free-Flight Aviary, where more than 20 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 speckled mousebird is a dull brown color. 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 speckled mousebird has reversible outer toes, which gives it the versatility to hang upside down and climb tree trunks.

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