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 10 years ago 28 sec 4.4
A bird perched Locality Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ssp simensis)
Josep del Hoyo 23 November 2005 10 years ago 19 sec 4.3
A bird perched, looking around Locality Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ssp simensis)
Josep del Hoyo 23 November 2005 10 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 10 years ago 42 sec 4.2
A bird perched on a branch Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 2 years ago 32 sec 4
Bird feeding on ground in horse field Locality Omaruru, Erongo Region, Namibia (ssp pauciguttata)
Desmond Allen 26 August 2013 2 years ago 23 sec 4
PhotosSee all 50 photos
A frontal view of a bird standing on a rock
Locality Robe, Ethiopia
Paul van Giersbergen 31 October 2014 25 weeks ago 4.8
Bird foraging in short grass
Locality Bale Mountains National Park, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Krzysztof Blachowiak 14 November 2009 2 years ago 4.7
A bird on the ground, with a prey in the beak.
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa (ssp litsitsirupa)
Hanne and Jens Eriksen 3 years ago 4.7
Adult foraging in grass.
Locality Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng Province, South Africa
Ruben Gaasenbeek 17 January 2015 1 year ago 4.7
With an earthworm in the bill.
Locality Royal Natal National Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Adam Riley 20 January 2007 1 year ago 4.7
A bird on the ground
Locality Etosha National Park, Namibia
Krzysztof Blachowiak 21 February 2014 2 years ago 4.6