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The Red-Faced Mousebird, Urocolius indicus, is very common in South Africa, even considered a pest, for destroying fruits and leaves of many trees. But it's actually a charming little bird! Mousebirds only occur in Africa, and there are six recognized species. The name is apt, since they are very mouselike: grey, with soft, hair-like plumage, long, narrow tails, and a habit of clambering and scurrying through vegetation. They're very social, usually occurring in small flocks. Acrylic painting.
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Mousebirds are great! The environment isn't actually that hostile ... we just get many prickly trees and bushes over here, and they are excellent for giving protection for birds and small mammals.