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Karoo Thrush

Turdus smithi


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.


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


Olive/Karoo Thrush identification

1 Species ID Suggestions

Liam 10 years ago
Karoo Thrush
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StevenCumming 10 years ago

Hi it is a olive thrush

MaithiliSave 10 years ago

Thanks Liam.

Liam 10 years ago

Definitely Turdus species, Karoo is my best guess.

MaithiliSave 10 years ago

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

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Leuba Ridgway 10 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...

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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

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

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