French: Grive de Piaggia German: Orangedrossel Spanish: Zorzal de Piaggia
Uganda (M’Tésa’s country) = Lake Tana, northern Ethiopia
Subspecies and Distribution
G. p. tanganjicae
(Sassi, 1914) – Kivu Ground-thrush – E DRCongo (E Kivu), SW Uganda (Kigezi, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mt Muhavura), Rwanda and N Burundi.
G. p. hadii
Macdonald, 1940 – S South Sudan (Imatong and Dongotona Mts).
G. p. piaggiae
(Bouvier, 1877) – Abyssinian Ground-thrush – SE South Sudan (Boma Hills) and Ethiopia S to E DRCongo (S to Kahuzi and Itombwe Mts), E Uganda and N & W Kenya.
G. p. ruwenzorii
(Prigogine, 1985) – Rwenzori Mts (W Uganda).
G. p. kilimensis
(Neumann, 1900) – C & S Kenya and N Tanzania (Mt Kilimanjaro).
G. p. rowei
C. H. B. Grant & Mackworth-Praed, 1937 – extreme S Kenya (Nguruman Hills) and N Tanzania.
19–20 cm; 43–65 g. Nominate race is pale olive-brown from cheeks to hindcrown and upperparts, with darker wing-coverts, double white-spotted wingbars; dull rufous... read more
Song, typically from low concealed perch in deep twilight, a series of well-spaced, tuneful phrases... read more
Primary montane forest, normally at 2000–3000 m, but 1700–3600 m on Mt Kilimanjaro (... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates and fruit. Diet includes insects and their eggs and larvae (grasshoppers, beetles, caterpillars, hymenopterans), earthworms,... read more
Mainly during rains: Feb–May and Sept in Ethiopia, May in Sudan; Apr and Oct in DRCongo, Apr–Jun and Oct–Jan in Rwanda,... read more
Resident, with limited altitudinal movements; suggested that race tanganjicae moves from... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Scarce to locally common; uncommon in Sudan. In Kenya, density in primary forest 0·6 birds/ha, in coniferous plantations 0·07 birds/ha. Race ... read more
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