Coliiformes

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)

BIODIVERSITY:

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

BIOGEOGRAPHY:

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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