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 2 years ago 32 sec 4.6
A bird on the ground Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 2 years ago 46 sec 4.6
A bird feeding on the ground at Hotel Cardoso Locality Maputo City, Mozambique (ssp peripheris)
Nacho Aransay 20 March 2013 3 years ago 25 sec 4.2
An adult feeding chicks on the nest Locality Dzalanyama Forest Reserve, Central Region, Malawi (ssp tropicalis)
Greg Baker 16 October 2005 3 years ago 19 sec 4
An adult foraging on the ground Locality Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe (ssp verreauxi)
Greg Baker 14 September 1999 4 years ago 47 sec 4
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 12 years ago 28 sec 3.2
PhotosSee all 26 photos
Locality Hlane Royal National Park, Lubombo District, Swaziland
Tomas Grim 19 March 2016 4 weeks ago 4.7
On the ground
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Guy Poisson 31 December 2012 3 years 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 2 years ago 4.3
A bird singing from a low branch.
Locality Pretoriuskop, Kruger National Park, South Africa (ssp libonyanus)
Nick Athanas 25 October 2015 24 weeks ago 4
Foraging on grassy area near Iwamanzi Game Lodge
Locality Iwamanzi Game Lodge, North West Province, South Africa (ssp libonyanus)
buchert 8 July 2010 1 year ago 4
Perched on a rock.
Locality Pilanesberg National Park, North West Province, South Africa
Adam Riley 28 July 2009 1 year ago 4