French: Grive litsitsirupa German: Akaziendrossel Spanish: Zorzal litsitsirupa
between the Orange River and the Tropic of Capricorn, southern Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
P. l. stierlingi
(Reichenow, 1900) – Angola (except S) E to SW Tanzania.
P. l. pauciguttata
(Clancey, 1956) – S Angola, N Namibia, NW Botswana and W Zimbabwe.
P. l. litsitsirupa
(A. Smith, 1836) – C Namibia and S Zambia S and E to N South Africa, Swaziland and S Mozambique.
20–22 cm; 67–84·4 g. Mid-sized, broad-winged, short-tailed thrush with Zoothera face pattern and Turdus wing pattern; sometimes flicks... read more
Song a variety of loud, slow, short phrases of 4–8 notes combining rather unmelodious... read more
Moorland, grassland, open woodland, secondary growth, cultivated or grazed land, gardens; rarely in... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and their larvae, e.g. flies, termites, grasshoppers, beetles; also spiders, isopods, slugs, earthworms, skinks and fruit. Forages... read more
Season Jul–Sept in DR Congo, Aug and Oct–Dec in Tanzania, and Sept–Oct in Malawi and Angola; Aug–Nov (mainly Sept–Oct) in Zambia; Oct–Mar... read more
Mainly resident. Perhaps a migrant through SW Tanzania, where all records Aug–Nov. In Zambia... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally frequent to common throughout range; uncommon in SW Tanzania, Malawi, SW Mozambique, and Free State (South Africa). In S... read more
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