French: Merle africain German: Afrikadrossel Spanish: Zorzal africano
Subspecies and Distribution
T. p. chiguancoides
Seebohm, 1881 – Senegal E to S Burkina Faso, extreme SW Niger and N Ghana.
T. p. saturatus
(Cabanis, 1882) – W Ghana E to C Cameroon, W Congo and Gabon.
T. p. pelios
Bonaparte, 1850 – African Thrush – E Cameroon E to S Sudan, South Sudan, W Eritrea and W, C & E Ethiopia.
T. p. centralis
Reichenow, 1905 – E Congo and S Central African Republic E to S Ethiopia, W Kenya and NW Tanzania.
T. p. bocagei
(Cabanis, 1882) – W DRCongo and NW & W Angola.
T. p. nigrilorum
Reichenow, 1892 – Black-lored Thrush – Mt Cameroon (Cameroon).
T. p. poensis
Alexander, 1903 – Bioko.
T. p. graueri
Neumann, 1908 – E DRCongo, Burundi, Rwanda and W Tanzania.
T. p. stormsi
Hartlaub, 1886 – Orange-bellied Thrush – SE DRCongo, E Angola and N Zambia.
21–23 cm; 46–78 g. Nominate race is dull brownish-grey from head below eye to tail, with pale buff-white flecks on cheeks, white throat with irregular buff-grey... read more
Song, all year but less in dry season, and mainly at dawn and dusk, a sustained series of short,... read more
Open deciduous woodland often near watercourses, riparian woodland, also thickets, savanna and... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including termites, beetles, harvester ants, pupae, locusts; also earthworms, snails, millipedes, small fish; berries (... read more
Season mainly Jun–Oct in W Africa, but nestlings in Feb in Ghana, Apr–Sept in Nigeria and Jan, Mar–Sept and Dec (but... read more
Mainly sedentary. Partial migrant in N of range in Gambia (commonest Jun–Sept); in Mali, some... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and fairly common to common. Abundant on Bioko; fairly common in Sudan; very common in Itombwe Mts, in E DRCongo. Density around villages... read more
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