Merula (Turdus) simensis
#R, Angetkat, northern Ethiopia.
Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. litsitsirupa, but differs fairly strongly genetically#R and in its browner-grey upperparts (ns); markedly buffier lower head sides, breast and flanks (2); spots on underparts fewer and rounder in shape (1); weaker black markings on malar, below eye and on rear ear-coverts (1); song consisting mainly of sharp “tsik” calls and fairly high-pitched pure downslurred whistles, with very few throaty whistles, vs lower-pitched rich throaty whistles, and only occasionally a sharper “tchek” call or pure downslurred whistles, hence many higher-pitched notes (2) and many more pure whistles (at least 1)#R. Monotypic.
Highlands of Eritrea and Ethiopia.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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