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Karoo Thrush

Turdus smithi

Description:

The Karoo Thrush (Turdus smithi) is a member of the thrush family in Africa. It has traditionally been considered a subspecies of the Olive Thrush (with which it is known to hybridize), but is increasingly treated as a separate species. This medium-sized bird has a length of about 24 cm. It has a wing length between 117 and 131 mm, a culmen length between 20 and 24 mm and a tarsus length between 30,0 and 34,5 mm. It can reach a mass of at least 86 g. It differs from the Olive Thrush by its longer, entirely orange bill, its longer wings, and its greyer flanks.

Habitat:

It occurs in South Africa (Little Namaqualand, Karoo and Northern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and part of the North West Province).

Notes:

Olive/Karoo Thrush identification http://www.birdinfo.co.za/landbirds/21_o...

1 Species ID Suggestions

Liam
Liam 7 years ago
Karoo Thrush
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5 Comments

StevenCumming
StevenCumming 7 years ago

Hi it is a olive thrush

MaithiliSave
MaithiliSave 7 years ago

Thanks Liam.

Liam
Liam 7 years ago

Definitely Turdus species, Karoo is my best guess.

MaithiliSave
MaithiliSave 7 years ago

There were 2 pairs. Started visiting our complex few days back. I'll try to take some more pictures.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

are we looking at both male and female here ? sweet looking bird much like our blackbird here but bigger. I also like the rusty colour on the lower abdomen. looks like he/she has a hooked upper beak.

A little more information would help with an ID...

MaithiliSave
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MaithiliSave

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Spotted on Aug 17, 2012
Submitted on Aug 17, 2012

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