A pretty in pink bill and terrific turquoise nape contrast beautifully against otherwise white plumage on an unusually dexterous bird

On a bird with a long tail and otherwise white plumage, red facial skin and a patch of shiny blue contrast brilliantly!

The blue napped mousebird (Urocolius macrourus) is a tiny bird, reaching just 13 to 14 inches (0.36 m) in length.

A pretty in pink bill and terrific turquoise nape contrast beautifully against otherwise white plumage on an unusually dexterous bird

The long tail and turquoise blue patch on the nape of the neck are the most distinguishing features of this bird.

Adult birds have gray-white to ash brown plumage, a long tail, a crest on top of the head, and a black-red bill capped by a blue nape.

Juvenile individuals of this species lack the blue nape and have pink facial skin, as well as a green-tinged bill rather than a red bill.

A pretty in pink bill and terrific turquoise nape contrast beautifully against otherwise white plumage on an unusually dexterous bird

Unlike other birds, they can swivel all four toes to face forward, allowing them to eat upside down, grip food with their feet, and perch with their legs at odd angles.

The Blue napped Mousebird’s range extends from the western coast of Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia in the east.

Moreover, south across East Africa to the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s eastern borders.

These birds frequent semidesert and arid environments in East Africa, preferring bush and open forested areas.

A pretty in pink bill and terrific turquoise nape contrast beautifully against otherwise white plumage on an unusually dexterous bird

Blue-naped Mousebirds, like all other members of the mousebird family, eat mostly fruits, berries, leaves, buds, flowers, nectar, and seeds.

They may also consume soil and swallow stones to aid in the grinding up of plants for digestion.

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