1822W.J. BurchellTrav.I. 214Muisvogel (Mouse-bird). Colius erythropus of Linnaeus.
1849A. SmithIllust. of Zoo. of S. Afr.: Aves Pl.2Chizærhis concolor...As soon as it was observed, the Hottentots declared it to be a muis vogel, or Colius, Lin...which was not surprising, since it evinces considerable similarity to birds of that genus.
1867E.L. LayardBirds of S. Afr. 221Of the three species of this genus found in South Africa and known by the trivial name of Muisvogel or Mouse-bird, this (sc. Colius Erythropus) is the only one that is found in the neighbourhood of Cape Town...They creep among the branches like parrots and hang suspended, head downwards, without inconvenience.
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 329Muis vogel,..The former part of the word has reference to the hair-like character of the breast feathers of the bird; some, however, regard it as a corruption of the Dutch word for the crest which the bird has, muts, and others as a corruption of the Dutch word for sparrow, musch.
1920R.Y. StormbergMrs Pieter de Bruyn 7It (sc. peachblossom) has been vandalised by swarms of ‘finks’ and wretched little stiff-tailed ‘muisvogels’ who snip off the blooms most viciously.
1952Cape Times 27 Nov. 2Muisvoëls are destroying whole orchards of early ripening fruit.
[1955V.M. FitzroyDark Bright Land 78Whole colonies of little birds the Dutch call muizvogels. They..have an appearance almost of grey fur with a tufted crest and long tail.]
1970M. MullerCloud across Moon 36Twittering witoogies and muisvoëls squabbling greedily over the glistening magenta pips.
1973Daily Dispatch 16 June 9The muisvoels..flock in large numbers during the winter and can very quickly strip trees and shrubs of their fruit.
1982M. BritzInformant, GrahamstownMuisvoëls and white eyes were the only birds we were allowed to shoot on the farm because they used to ruin the fruit crops.
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