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Abyssinian Thrush

Turdus abyssinicus


The Abyssinian Thrush or African Mountain Thrush (Turdus abyssinicus) has an orange bill, brown head and wings, a light brown throat and an orange belly. This species has been recently split by taxonomists from the Olive Thrush (Turdus olivaceus), Usambara Thrush (Turdus roehli) and Taita Thrush (Turdus helleri) on the basis of genetic differences.


This bird was spotted in a park in Nairobi. Plenty of trees, bushes and water around.


Identification of African Turdus thrushes is rendered easier by the fact that most species do not overlap.

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DanielePralong 9 years ago

Very much so Gretel! Not surprisingly they are from the same genus...

GretelDeRuiter 9 years ago

So very much like the American Robin!

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thanks a lot Satyen and Ashish! Ashish I thought that for a change I'd show the whole bird as the top picture...

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Nice one series Daniele... I feel exactly opposite sequence of pictures...

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Superb shot!

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thank you C.Sydes!

C.Sydes 9 years ago

beautiful photos

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thanks for your comments AlvaroMartinZarzuela and Birding For Fun!

Birding For Fun
Birding For Fun 9 years ago

Great photo.

It´s equal to a bird that lives in europe. It´s equal fewer colors, your Abyssinian Thrush is more striking. In europe It´s the black bird (Turdus merula)

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thank you MaryEvans2!

MaryEvans2 9 years ago

Beautiful photos and spotting

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Nairobi, Central, Kenya

Spotted on Aug 21, 2011
Submitted on Feb 7, 2012


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