French: Grive de Gurney German: Gurneydrossel Spanish: Zorzal de Gurney
near Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
G. g. chuka
(van Someren, 1931) – Mt Kenya and Kikuyu Escarpment.
G. g. raineyi
(Mearns, 1913) – SE Kenya (Chyulu and Taita Hills) and N Tanzania.
G. g. otomitra
(Reichenow, 1904) – W Angola (Namba Mts#R, Mt Moco), SE DRCongo (Upemba National Park), Tanzania, NE Zambia and N Malawi.
G. g. disruptans
(Clancey, 1955) – C Malawi S to Mozambique, E Zimbabwe, NE South Africa and N Swaziland.
G. g. gurneyi
(Hartlaub, 1864) – E South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal S to Eastern Cape).
18–23 cm; 44–82 g. Nominate race is very like G. piaggiae, including double white-spotted wingbars, but solid olive-brown from forehead to tail,... read more
Song (Kenya) varies from short, simple series of unrepeated phrases, “tu turii kiiu-turl” or “wurii... read more
Primary montane forest, even very small patches, generally avoiding second growth, edge habitats... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates and vegetable matter; some vertebrates. Chiefly earthworms, but also millipedes, molluscs, woodlice, insects (including... read more
Jan and May in Kenya, Aug and Dec in Tanzania, Oct–Jan in Malawi, Nov–Dec in Mozambique and Sept–Jan (peak Dec) in... read more
Mainly sedentary, but partial altitudinal migrant. Very occasionally recorded on Kenyan and (once)... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Scarce to locally common. Classified as “Near-threatened” in South Africa; no evidence of decline during 1970s-1990s, but dependent on forest... read more
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