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Speckled mousebird
This bird is about 35 cm (14 inches) long, with the tail comprising approximately half the length, and weighs about 57 grams (2 oz). It is well-named, because it is dull-mousy brown in overall color on the back and on the head (including a prominent crest). The bill is black on the upper part and is a pinkish color on the lower part. The rare white-headed mousebird can be confused with this species, but the differently colored mandibles and the lack of a bare grey orbital patch render the Speckled species distinctive.

The speckled mousebird is not known for its voice, as songbirds are, although it is a noisy creature. They make a warbling tsu-tsu call while in flight, and are known for their tisk-tisk alarm call while in flight.
It is distributed from Cameroon east to Eritrea and Ethiopia, south through eastern Africa to southern South Africa. Most habitats are suitable for this species, except the rainforests and more arid areas. This mousebird prefers open bushveld habitats. It is widespread in savanna and open woodlands, as well as areas with tangled thickets. It is a common "backyard bird," often seen in urban areas that contain gardens and orchards.[
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Singing in the red

Red fody (Foudia madagascariensis), Bird Island, Seychelles

This intensely red bird species is very common on many of the Seychelles islands, and here on Bird Island I was enjoying a group of them roosting in a bush right outside my room.

Every evening, in good time before sunset, they would come one by one and start preening or simply communicating amongst themselves.

As the night turned to dusk the next morning I would see the red dots in the bush, first as silent color-balls, but as the light progressed towards sunrise they would start to sing and move around and begin their daily routines.

Bird Island is an amazing place to be, and although this species is silent at night, there are many other species that never go silent! Sleeping here is like being in the middle of a bird colony – an amazing place to be.

Here you can listen to the bird:

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A Visit with a King

King Penguins are one of the many abundant marine life wonders I'll be visiting again in just one more week as a Photography Symposium Guide with One Ocean Expeditions. Can't wait!

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A long tailed macaque monkey adopts a kitten in the forests of Bali, Indonesia - by Anne Young....
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From New Zealand and now living in China teaching kids English
From New Zealand, and now with Mei and teaching English in China
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