Thrushes (Turdidae)

Abyssinian Ground-thrush (Zoothera piaggiae) - HBW 10, p. 687

French: Grive de Piaggia German: Orangedrossel Spanish: Zorzal Abisinio
Other common names: Kivu Ground-thrush (tanganjicae)

Taxonomy: Turdus piaggiae Bouvier, 1877, Uganda (M’Tésa’s country) = Lake Tana, northern Ethiopia.
Status of races uncertain and greatly in need of clarification. Considerable individual variation throughout range, and greater sampling may reveal that several races are invalid; in addition, morphological differences appear to exist between populations at different elevations, raising possibility that several species (with relatively subtle plumage differences, but presumably rather more distinctive vocalizations) are involved. Race tanganjicae often treated as a separate species, and has been suggested as exhibiting some vocal differences from others. Traditional arrangement followe.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Turdus piaggiae Bouvier, 1877, Uganda (M’Tésa’s country) = Lake Tana, northern Ethiopia.
Status of races uncertain and greatly in need of clarification. Considerable individual variation throughout range, and greater sampling may reveal that several races are invalid; in addition, morphological differences appear to exist between populations at different elevations, raising possibility that several species (with relatively subtle plumage differences, but presumably rather more distinctive vocalizations) are involved. Race tanganjicae often treated as a separate species, and has been suggested as exhibiting some vocal differences from others. Traditional arrangement followed in list below, but should be regarded as provisional. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • hadii (Macdonald, 1940) - S Sudan (Imatong and Dongotona Mts).
  • piaggiae (Bouvier, 1877) - SE Sudan (Boma Hills) and Ethiopia S to E DRCongo and N & W Kenya.
  • ruwenzorii Prigogine, 1985 - Ruwenzori Mts (W Uganda).

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  • hadii (Macdonald, 1940) - S Sudan (Imatong and Dongotona Mts).
  • piaggiae (Bouvier, 1877) - SE Sudan (Boma Hills) and Ethiopia S to E DRCongo and N & W Kenya.
  • ruwenzorii Prigogine, 1985 - Ruwenzori Mts (W Uganda).
  • tanganjicae (Sassi, 1914) - E DRCongo, SW Uganda, Rwanda and N Burundi.
  • kilimensis (Neumann, 1900) - C & S Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • rowei (C. H. B. Grant & Mackworth-Praed, 1937) - N Tanzania.