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
2020-01-20 08:16Walvis Bay--Bird Sanctuary1
2020-02-16 11:43Goanikontes Oasis1
2020-02-11 15:25Tambuti Lodge15
2020-01-21 16:45Okavango Delta--Drotsky's Camp20
2020-02-16 06:25Kafue NP--McBrides Camp7
2020-01-24 15:06Muchenje Safari Lodge4
2020-02-01 16:30Imbabala Safari Camp3
2020-02-17 05:45Zambezi NP3
2020-02-01 06:15Elephant Hills Golf Course7
2020-01-26 08:49Lazy J Ranch (Restricted Access - Permit Required)1
2020-02-04 10:30West Coast NP--Geelbek hides vicinity5
2020-02-14 08:45Rondevlei Nature Reserve7
2020-02-14 09:00Silver Tree Gorge Natural Heritage Site4
2020-02-08 15:36Dick Dent Bird Sanctuary5
2020-02-12 09:21Helderberg Nature Reserve1
2020-02-11 17:40Benfontein Nature Reserve2
2020-02-07 06:00Welgevonden Game Reserve4
2020-02-15 08:12Zaagkuildrift Rd (Please be more specific)2
2020-02-08 07:31Soetdoring Nature Reserve1
2020-02-18 06:26Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden2
2020-02-02 08:02Rooiwal WTP13
2020-01-20 06:20Kloofendal Municipal Nature Reserve3
2020-02-16 06:49Eagle Canyon Golf Estate10
2020-01-20 09:57Golden Harvest Park3
2020-02-18 08:38Jukskei River2
2020-02-01 07:30Uitvlugt Road
2020-02-02 10:45Cumberland Bird Sanctuary1
2020-02-03 09:34President Ridge Bird Sanctuary3
2020-02-09 11:14Free State Botanical Gardens2
2020-01-28 06:35Faerie Glen Nature Reserve1
2020-02-15 14:55Rietvlei Nature Reserve1
2020-02-17 11:10Mamabolo Plains8
2020-01-25 02:06Kruger NP--Mahonie Loop/S991
2020-01-25 18:50Kruger NP--Pafuri Picnic Site11
2020-01-25 15:22Kruger NP--Crooks Corner1
2020-01-25 15:30Liwonde National Park--Mvuu1
2020-01-23 21:54Kruger NP--Phalaborwa Gate to Letaba bridge (H14)1
2020-02-09 06:05Addo Elephant NP--Main Rest Camp2
2020-01-22 16:58Kruger NP--Satara Camp3
2020-02-12 12:25Kruger NP--Lake Panic1
2020-02-12 16:31Kruger NP--Skukuza-Nkuhlu Road/H4-14
2020-01-30 15:35Kruger NP--H12 @ Sabie River2
2020-01-30 06:35Kruger NP--Salitje Rd/S302
2020-02-05 06:00Phinda GR