Mousebird

For the bird lovers, this is one of the more interesting birds in Kenya.  It is called a Mousebird, and is only found in sub-Saharan Africa.  I have often puzzled over the name, but I finally read that the name is derived from the odd way in which this bird is seen scurrying along the branches of trees appearing to be a small rodent.  I have never observed this.  I usually see these birds hanging on power lines or fences.  You will notice in the picture that it looks like the bird is hanging upside down.  I know it sounds odd, but this is their typical position.  You even sometimes see them upside down and swinging back and forth.  Notice also that the tail is longer than the body, and the head has a huge tuft.

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