A MOUSEbird because it climbs around in the trees, hand over hand like a monkey (or a parrot?) not hopping sparrow-like along the branches as we expect All Birds To Do.
No longer sure which species we had in the Camps Bay garden, but this one is new to us. Redfaced mousebird - as you can see so clearly in the Ungardener’s photos. A reward for standing patiently, lurking in the bird hide, sorry, kitchen.
From Joy Frandsen’s Birds of the South Western Cape
Urocolius indicus 33cm
The cere and upper mandible are crimson red, as is the bare skin surrounding the dark grey eyes. Widely distributed in SW Cape, but least numerous of the 3 species. Found wherever there are trees, even in built up areas. Sociable gregarious birds found in parties. Called mousebirds for their hair like plumage. When alarmed, they will crawl to the top of the tree, and fly off, one by one.
And from Biodiversityexplorer
Feeds on fruit, and flowers. And are in their turn, eaten by, falcons and owls. Prefers to live in Acacia (thorn trees), woodlands near rivers, orchards, and gardens.
Wonder what indicus means? Indian. And also Ethiopian, you know, that country, called Africa.
See - thru the Y in Eye -
Tail used as a flying buttress while feeding
And are there mousebirds elsewhere in this world we live in?
May be distantly related to parrots and cockatoos. Found only in sub-Saharan Africa. 10cm of bird, and another 20cm of tail Can feed upside down (so there!) ‘Living fossils’
Photos by Jurg, words by Diana of Elephant's Eye