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Kurrichane Thrush - BirdForum Opus

Photo by © Mark Fisher
Magaliesburg, South Africa, August 2005
Turdus libonyana


Pale grey upper parts, throat pale buff, malar region heavily streaked dark brown. Upper breast brown, grading to orange on sides of breast and flanks; belly and vent white. Bill, eye-ring, legs and feet orange. For similar species see: Olive_Thrush#Similar_Species.


Western Africa: Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, eSwatini



  • T. l. verreauxii:
  • T. l. libonyana:
  • T. l. peripheris:
  • T. l. tropicalis:


Thornveld, open wodland, and parks and gardens.


Forages mainly on ground by tossing aside leaf litter. Diet consists chiefly of worms, insects and other invertebrates. Nest is a large cup of twigs, roots, and grass sometimes cemented with mud. Usually lined with mud and placed in a tree fork or sometimes on an overgrown part of building. Clutch size 1–4, usually 3 variable pale green, blue or pale brown eggs speckled and spotted pale reddish-brown.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase

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