Groundscraper Thrush (Psophocichla litsitsirupa) - HBW 10, p. 678
French: Grive litsitsirupa
Spanish: Zorzal Litsitsirupa
Other common names: Ethiopian Thrush (simensis)
Taxonomy: Merula litsitsirupa A. Smith, 1836, between the Orange River and the Tropic of Capricorn, southern Africa.
Often placed in genus Turdus, but perhaps more closely related to Zoothera. Races stierlingi and pauciguttata considered of doubtful validity. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- simensis ( Rüppell, 1840) - Eritrea and Ethiopia.
- stierlingi ( Reichenow, 1900) - C & E Angola E to Tanzania.
- pauciguttata Clancey, 1956 - S Angola, N Namibia, NW Botswana and W Zimbabwe.
- litsitsirupa ( A. Smith, 1836) - C Namibia and S Zambia S and E to N South Africa, Swaziland and S Mozambique.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 14 videos
A bird on the ground. Locality Debre Sina, Ethiopia (ssp simensis)
Josep del Hoyo 26 November 2005 8 years ago 28 sec 4.4
A bird perched Locality Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ssp simensis)
Josep del Hoyo 23 November 2005 8 years ago 19 sec 4.3
A bird perched, looking around Locality Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ssp simensis)
Josep del Hoyo 23 November 2005 8 years ago 17 sec 4.2
A bird perched on a pole and flying away. Locality Sululta Plains, Ethiopia (ssp simensis)
Josep del Hoyo 24 November 2005 8 years ago 42 sec 4.2
A bird perched on a branch Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 47 weeks ago 32 sec 4
Bird feeding on ground in horse field Locality Omaruru, Erongo Region, Namibia (ssp pauciguttata)
Desmond Allen 26 August 2013 51 weeks ago 23 sec 4
PhotosSee all 34 photos
Bird foraging in short grass
Locality Bale Mountains National Park, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Krzysztof Blachowiak 14 November 2009 41 weeks ago 4.6
A bird on the ground
Locality Etosha National Park, Namibia
Krzysztof Blachowiak 21 February 2014 16 weeks ago 4.2
A bird on the ground, with a prey in the beak.
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa (ssp litsitsirupa)
Hanne and Jens Eriksen 2 years ago 4.2
Bird on a rock.
Locality Dinsho, Bale Mountains National Park, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Jacques Erard 15 October 2009 45 weeks ago 4.1
Looking for food.
Locality Sun City and Lost City, North West Province, South Africa (ssp litsitsirupa )
David Cook Wildlife Photo... 9 October 2012 50 weeks ago 4.1
an adult specimen feeding on the ground
Locality Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa (ssp litsitsirupa)
Marco Valentini 12 August 2010 3 years ago 4.1