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Sternum (Breast Bone) of the Speckled Mousebird Colius striatus (MCZ 346435)

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Phylogenic Position
Aves - Neognathae - Coliiformes - Colii - Coliidae - Colius - Colius striatus
Species Description
The Speckled Mousebird is the largest and one of the most common of the mousebirds. It is found throughout eastern and southern Africa, where it lives in a variety of habitats, and is commonly seen in suburban gardens. The Speckled Mousebird eats mostly fruit, though it will also consume leaves, nectar and other plant matter; it has also been known to eat soil, possibly for minerals not found in its normal diet, and will swallow pebbles (thought to aid in digestion). It is a conspicuously social bird, feeding and preening with others. The Speckled Mousebird roosts at night in large, tight groups, so that they can safely become torpid when it gets cold; its foot structure allows it to hang upside down without expending any energy.
Specimen Information
Species Colius striatus (Speckled Mousebird)
Element Sternum (Breast Bone)
Specimen Number MCZ 346435
Sex Male
Location Kenya, Thika, Kilimambogo
Geological Age Recent
Technical Information
Scanner Konica Minolta Range7
Resolution 40 ┬Ám
Number of Data Points 729493
Number of Data Polygons 1458986
Date Scanned June 15, 2008
Scan Technician Rachael Martinez
Edited By Rachael Martinez

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