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 10 videos
A bird perched, looking around Locality Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ssp simensis)
Josep del Hoyo 23 November 2005 7 years ago 17 sec 4.8
A bird perched on a pole and flying away. Locality Sululta Plains, Ethiopia (ssp simensis)
Josep del Hoyo 24 November 2005 7 years ago 42 sec 4.7
A bird on the ground. Locality Debre Sina, Ethiopia (ssp simensis)
Josep del Hoyo 26 November 2005 7 years ago 28 sec 4.6
A bird perched Locality Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ssp simensis)
Josep del Hoyo 23 November 2005 7 years ago 19 sec 4.5
front view of one stood in recently cut hay field, sets off Locality Sululta Plains, Ethiopia (ssp simensis)
Martin Kennewell 23 October 2010 2 years ago 22 sec 4.2
A bird standing on bare ground Locality Maun, North-West District, Botswana (ssp litsipsirupa)
Keith Blomerley 6 January 2007 6 years ago 23 sec 3.9
PhotosSee all 24 photos
A bird on the ground, with a prey in the beak.
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa (ssp litsitsirupa)
Hanne and Jens Eriksen 45 weeks ago 4.4
an adult specimen feeding on the ground
Locality Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa (ssp litsitsirupa)
Marco Valentini 12 August 2010 2 years ago 4.3
An adult perched in a juniper.
Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia (ssp simensis)
David Beadle 6 February 2009 22 weeks ago 4
Locality Bale Mountains National Park, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp simensis)
Nik Borrow 20 November 2012 25 weeks ago 4
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Guy Poisson 29 October 2012 26 weeks ago 4
bird jumping around
Locality Etosha National Park, Kunene Region, Namibia
lsargentini 30 August 2011 37 weeks ago 4