Thrushes (Turdidae)

Kurrichane Thrush (Turdus libonyanus) - HBW 10, p. 659

French: Merle kurrichane German: Rotschnabeldrossel Spanish: Zorzal de Kurrichane

Taxonomy: Merula libonyanus A. Smith, 1836, near Kurrichane, western Transvaal, South Africa.
Has been thought to form a superspecies with T. pelios and T. tephronotus. Hybridization with T. olivaceus claimed in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Proposed race chobiensis (from N Botswana and W Zimbabwe) considered indistinguishable from verreauxi, and peripheris (E South Africa) from nominate. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • tropicalis W. K. H. Peters, 1881 - SE Burundi and Tanzania S to C & E Zambia, Malawi, E Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
  • verreauxi Bocage, 1870 - Angola and SE DRCongo S to NE Namibia, W Zambia, N Botswana and W Zimbabwe.
  • libonyanus (A. Smith, 1836) - E & S Botswana E to S Mozambique, S to N & NE South Africa and Swaziland.