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
2020-09-14 12:25Augrabies Falls NP4
2020-09-07 08:00Kuifkopvisvanger Farm
2020-09-03 16:32Blouberg--Dolphin Beach2
2020-09-15 10:57Rietvlei Wetlands Reserve3
2020-09-09 12:24Wildevoelvlei2
2020-09-21 13:09Silver Tree Gorge Natural Heritage Site5
2020-09-10 08:00Skitterykloof1
2020-09-22 10:29Helderberg Nature Reserve5
2020-09-13 09:45Hillside Dams10
2020-09-12 16:22Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve8
2020-08-29 05:13Mokala NP24
2020-09-20 09:22Zaagkuilsdrift Lodge6
2020-09-20 06:23Zaagkuildrift--Roets' Farm2
2020-09-21 06:32Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden2
2020-09-13 07:42Diepsloot Nature Reserve8
2020-09-18 16:27Kloofendal Municipal Nature Reserve3
2020-09-20 06:14Eagle Canyon Golf Estate4
2020-09-18 10:33Golden Harvest Park6
2020-09-13 06:45Uitvlugt Road
2020-08-31 15:42Zoo Lake4
2020-09-19 07:52Faerie Glen Nature Reserve2
2020-09-13 06:06Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve4
2020-09-03 14:48Rietvlei Nature Reserve--Fern Fountain1
2020-09-02 07:27Vaal Dam grasslands9
2020-09-17Debegeni Falls
2020-09-01 09:50Kruger NP--Punda Maria Camp
2020-09-01 12:25Kruger NP--Bridge over Luvuvhu River
2020-09-02 16:12Kruger NP--Crooks Corner
2020-09-06 07:00Leeupan (Mpumalanga Province)3
2020-09-17 06:33Ekuthuleni Lodge8
2020-09-17 14:56Buffelshoek Private Game Reserve
2020-09-18 05:50Mala-Mala Game Reserve12
2020-09-02 07:00Kruger NP--Skukuza-Nkuhlu Road/H4-1
2020-09-12 11:51Bulembu Country Lodge5
2020-09-02 09:00Kruger NP--Lower Sabie-Nkuhlu Road (H4-1)
2020-09-01 10:33Phinda GR1
2020-08-28 15:51Tugela River Mouth2
2020-09-05 12:10Umlalazi NR5