French: Merle olivâtre German: Kapdrossel Spanish: Zorzal oliváceo
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
T. o. milanjensis
Shelley, 1893 – S Malawi and NW Mozambique (Mt Namuli).
T. o. swynnertoni
Bannerman, 1913 – E & EC Zimbabwe and W Mozambique (including Mt Gorongosa).
T. o. transvaalensis
(Roberts, 1936) – NE South Africa and W Swaziland.
T. o. olivaceus
Linnaeus, 1766 – SW South Africa (Western Cape).
T. o. culminans
Clancey, 1982 – E South Africa (W KwaZulu-Natal).
T. o. pondoensis
Reichenow, 1917 – SE South Africa (E KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape).
20–24 cm; 60–101·5 g (nominate), 57–83 g (swynnertoni), 73–96 g (transvaalensis), 65–100 g (pondoensis).... read more
Song is more hurried and warbled, often without the coda, phrases shorter (less than c. 2 seconds... read more
Highland forest of various types in N of range, also in lowland woodland, bushveld, exotic... read more
Food and feeding
Wide range of animal and vegetable foods. Animal food includes great variety of insects (beetles, moths, caterpillars, grasshoppers,... read more
Season Sept–Jan in Zimbabwe; Nov–Jan in Mozambique; Oct–Nov in Botswana; in South Africa, Aug–Mar (peak Sept–Nov) in NE, Sept–Jan in E, and... read more
Sedentary in most of range, but some altitudinal movements, e.g. moves down to 750–1050 m in S... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common throughout large latitudinal range, and sometimes abundant; scarce in N Mozambique, with no evidence that it was... read more
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