The Red-faced mousebird is locally common in all countries in
southern Africa, and lives in a wide variety of habitats. It feeds mainly on
fruit, with flowers largely making up the rest of its diet. The nest is a small
cup of twigs, leaves and stems, placed 2-8 metres above ground in a tree or
bush. It lays 1-7 eggs, which are incubated for 14-20 days, by both sexes and
sometimes a helper. The chicks are brooded for the first few days of their life,
sometimes by both adults at once. They stay in the nest for 14-20 days, before
Distribution and habitat
Occurs from southern Angola, Zambia and Malawi to southern
Africa, where it is common in non-arid areas. It generally prefers Acacia savanna and thickets,
gardens, woodland with nearby rivers, strandveld, gardens and orchards.
Monogamous, cooperative breeder, meaning that
the breeding pair are assisted by helpers. Courtship involves preening and
a "bouncing display", in which one bird bounces up and down on its perch, the
tempo increasing as its mate gets closer.
The nest is built by both sexes, consisting of an untidy, small cup of twigs,
leaves and stems lined with soft material. It is typically placed 2-8 metres above
ground, in a tree or shrub.