Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Groundscraper Thrush (Psophocichla litsitsirupa)


Taxonomy

French: Grive litsitsirupa German: Akaziendrossel Spanish: Zorzal litsitsirupa
Taxonomy:

Merula litsitsirupa

A. Smith

, 1836,

between the Orange River and the Tropic of Capricorn, southern Africa

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Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. simensis (which see). Races stierlingi and pauciguttata considered of doubtful validity. Three subspecies recognized.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Voice

    Song a variety of loud, slow, short phrases of 4–8 notes combining rather unmelodious... read more

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    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

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Groundscraper Thrush (Psophocichla litsitsirupa). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/58321 on 16 June 2019).