French: Grive tachetée German: Nataldrossel Spanish: Zorzal moteado
Algoa Bay, Agrica [= Durban, Natal]
Subspecies and Distribution
G. g. maxis
(Nikolaus, 1982) – Lotti Forest, in S South Sudan.
G. g. lippensi
(Prigogine & Louette, 1984) – Upemba National Park, in SE DRCongo.
G. g. fischeri
(Hellmayr, 1901) – Rondo Plateau and the Litipo Forest, in SE Tanzania (probably also NE Mozambique); non-breeding N to coastal NE Tanzania and Kenya.
G. g. belcheri
(Benson, 1950) – Thyolo and Soche Mts, in S Malawi.
G. g. guttata
(Vigors, 1831) – coastal NE Eastern Cape and scattered locations of KwaZulu-Natal, in E South Africa.
19–23 cm; 45–78 g. Nominate race is fairly large, warm brown above from head to tail, with two white-spotted wingbars (upper bolder and with black basal markings... read more
Song of nominate (when breeding) a series of loud phrases of 3–6 sweet melodic notes (first... read more
Forest of various types. Coastal lowland moist evergreen forest, especially closed-canopy coral-rag... read more
Food and feeding
Earthworms, molluscs, small millipedes (Prionopetalum), also insects and their larvae, including termites and ants; also seeds and... read more
Nov in Malawi and Oct–Feb in South Africa. Nest a conspicuous, untidy, heavy cup of twigs, leaves, tendrils, roots and grasses,... read more
Resident and intra-African migrant. Malawi race (belcheri) sedentary. Race fischeri... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. CMS Appendix II. Generally very rare, but moderately common at a few localities. Global population estimated at fewer than 2500 individuals. Density of non-... read more
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