The red-faced mousebird (Urocolius indicus) is a species of mousebird or coly. It is a common in southern Africa from Zaire, Zambia and Tanzania south to the Cape. Its habitat is savanna with thickets, fynbos scrub, other open woodland, gardens and orchards.

This bird is about 34 cm (13 inches) long, with the tail comprising approximately half the length. The crested head and breast are pale cinnamon with a red bill and eye mask. The rest of the upperparts and tail are blue-grey apart from a paler grey rump. The belly is whitish. The sexes are similar, but juveniles lack the crest and have a green mask.

The red-faced mousebird is a frugivore which subsists on fruits, berries, leaves, seeds and nectar. Its flight is typically fast, strong and direct from one feeding area to another.

This is a social bird outside the breeding season, feeding together in small groups, normally of about half a dozen birds, but sometimes up to 15 or more. It engages in mutual preening and roosts in groups at night. It is more wary than other mousebirds. The red-faced mousebird has a whistled tsee-tee-tee call.

These sedentary birds breed between June to February. The nest is a large untidy cup of plant material lined with material such as sheep wool. The clutch is 2-6 eggs which hatch in about two weeks.
Red-faced Mousebird
Date Location Count
2020-10-26 16:25Tsumeb WTP3
2020-10-29 16:18Upington--Sun River Kalahari Lodge8
2020-10-30 09:09West Coast NP--West Coast Gate3
2020-11-17 08:00Intaka Island2
2020-11-11 08:19Kirstenhof Wetland1
2020-11-13 08:06Zandvlei Bird Sanctuary
2020-11-21 11:30Rondevlei Nature Reserve1
2020-11-07 15:36Lourens River Mouth1
2020-10-25 05:14Botsalano Game Reserve2
2020-11-01 07:59De Mond Nature Reserve1
2020-11-16 05:35Pilanesberg NP--Kwa Maritane3
2020-11-06 13:16Welgevonden Game Reserve4
2020-10-24 17:40Skupiesbaai Local Nature Reserve1
2020-11-19 06:53Roodekopjes Dam Nature Reserve2
2020-11-22 06:06Breedtsnek Pass1
2020-10-25 05:33Zaagkuilsdrift Lodge5
2020-11-21 11:23Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden1
2020-11-15 07:20Diepsloot Nature Reserve2
2020-11-19 06:10Eagle Canyon Golf Estate2
2020-11-20 13:44Rietvlei Nature Reserve1
2020-10-29 07:18Polokwane GR
2020-11-23 18:03Norkem Park4
2020-11-01 06:20Thokoza Wetland3
2020-10-31 06:51Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve2
2020-11-13 07:00Piesang Valley and Estuary2
2020-11-22 05:38Kruger NP--Mahonie Loop/S994
2020-11-01 07:53Mountain Zebra NP12
2020-11-06 07:32Dullstroom1
2020-11-19 07:59Lydenburg
2020-11-16 10:00Kruger NP--Talamati Bushveld Camp1
2020-11-21 07:52Kruger NP--S114 @ Biyamiti River2
2020-11-03 07:16Mkhuze GR (please be more specific)5
2020-11-02 08:22Mkhuze GR - Nsumo Pan5
2020-11-08 10:41Muzi Pan2
2020-11-12 09:00Phinda GR2