The Coliidae are a small order of 6 species of birds in two genera, Colius and Urocolius. Collectively they are known as mouse-birds. They are found in Africa. An unusual aspect of these birds is their ability to point all four toes forward.

Family Common name Total number
Coliidae Mousebirds 6 (2 genera)


Currently there are known to be 14 subspecies of Colius birds. Some place the birds into just one family, Colius.


Mousebirds are restricted to Subsaharan Africa. In fact, they are the only order of birds to be restircted to this continent!

Link to Coliiformes Sites:

Animal Diversity Web (Species of Mousebirds)

By Rob Nelson

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