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mousebird, noun

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South African DutchShow more Translation of South African Dutch muisvoël, see muisvoël.
A long-tailed fruit-eating bird of the Coliidae, predominantly dull brown or grey in colour, of the species Colius colius, C. striatus, or Urocolius indicus; coly; muisvoël. Occasionally also with defining words, see quotation 1984.
c1808 C. von Linné System of Nat. Hist. VIII. 383The colies live upon fruits only...At the Cape they are called muys-voogel, mouse-bird, their plumage being soft and silky. These birds are extremely injurious to the gardens.
1990 Weekend Post 21 July (Leisure) 3Several spectacled [sic] mousebirds..and a dusky flycatcher.
A long-tailed fruit-eating bird of the Coliidae, predominantly dull brown or grey in colour, of the species Colius colius, C. striatus, or Urocolius indicus; coly; muisvoël. Occasionally also with defining words, see quotation 1984.

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