1838J.E. AlexanderExped. into Int.I. 182We got here plenty of birds, as..collys with blueish plumage, crests, and long tails.
a1867C.J. AnderssonNotes on Birds of Damara Land (1872) 204 (Pettman)It is not unlike a gigantic Coly; it also climbs and flies like the colies, which it strongly resembles in its general habits.
1910A.B. LamontRural Reader 32Colies (muisvogels) devour great quantities of strawberries.
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 125Colley, This name, which in England (Somerset) is given to the blackbird, is occasionally used in South Africa of the Muis-vogel.
1923Haagner & IvySketches of S. Afr. Bird-Life 87The Mousebirds, or Colies (Family Coliidae), are as bad at fruit-thieving as the Bulbuls, if not more so, and devour large quantities of apricots, plums, peaches, etc.
1937M. AlstonWanderings 97Most numerous of all were the mouse-birds or colies, those long-tailed, grey, parrot-like birds peculiar to South Africa.
1953J.M. WinterbottomCommon Birds of S.-E. 19The Red-faced Coly is found wherever there are trees and bushes...This Coly has been reported as a host of the Black-and-Grey Cuckoo.
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