Kurrichane Thrush (Turdus libonyanus) - HBW 10, p. 659
French: Merle kurrichane
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.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 10 videos
A bird on the ground and then perched Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 1 year ago 32 sec 4.7
A bird on the ground Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 1 year ago 46 sec 4.5
A bird feeding on the ground at Hotel Cardoso Locality Maputo City, Mozambique (ssp peripherus)
Nacho Aransay 20 March 2013 1 year ago 25 sec 4.2
An adult foraging on the ground Locality Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe (ssp verreauxi)
Greg Baker 14 September 1999 2 years ago 47 sec 4
An adult feeding chicks on the nest Locality Dzalanyama Forest Reserve, Central Region, Malawi (ssp tropicalis)
Greg Baker 16 October 2005 2 years ago 19 sec 3.8
A bird searching food on the ground Locality Mkuze Game Reserve, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (ssp libonyanus)
Francesc Capdevila i Torr... 6 October 2002 10 years ago 28 sec 3.2
PhotosSee all 19 photos
On the ground
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Guy Poisson 31 December 2012 1 year ago 4.6
Perching on a branch near the ground.
Locality Sun City and Lost City, North West Province, South Africa (ssp libonyanus)
David Cook Wildlife Photo... 9 October 2012 1 year ago 4.5
Bird on the ground
Locality Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng Province, South Africa
Hannes Lotter 18 April 2014 31 weeks ago 4.3
An adult perched on a branch.
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa (ssp libonyanus)
Carmelo López 4 November 2009 3 years ago 4.1
Single bird on ground
Locality Kinsevere, Haut-Katanga Province, Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
charliemr8 1 February 2011 1 year ago 3.8
Adult bird perched on a branch.
Locality Nelspruit Botanical Gardens, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa
Martin Främke 25 March 2011 1 year ago 3.8