French: Merle kurrichane German: Rotschnabeldrossel Spanish: Zorzal de Kurrichane
near Kurrichane, western Transvaal, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
T. l. tropicalis
W. K. H. Peters, 1881 – SE Burundi and Tanzania S to C & E Zambia, Malawi, E Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
T. l. verreauxii
Bocage, 1869 – #RAngola and SE DRCongo S to NE Namibia, W Zambia, N Botswana and W Zimbabwe.
T. l. libonyana
(A. Smith, 1836) – E & S Botswana E to S Mozambique, S to N & NE South Africa and Swaziland.
21–23 cm; 46–82 g. Head to breast and upperparts medium grey; throat white, streaked blackish at sides; orange-rufous flanks, whitish centre of belly;... read more
Song a series of short but very variable phrases, some rich and warbling, others thin and sweet,... read more
Mainly miombo woodland, also Baikiaeia and acacia woodland (but not on Kalahari sands),... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly invertebrates, particularly insects, including beetles, grasshoppers, locusts, crickets, ants, grubs and caterpillars, last... read more
Oct–Nov in Angola, Sept–Nov in Tanzania and Sept–Dec in DRCongo; Aug–Dec (mainly Sept–Nov), rarely Mar–... read more
Sedentary over most of range. Dispersal noted into SE Botswana Dec–Mar, and post-breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in most of range; uncommon in Tanzania and parts of Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Rare at edges of range at higher... read more
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