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 9 videos
A bird ruffling its feathers then flying away Locality Maun Rest Camp, Maun, North-West District, Botswana (ssp libonyanus)
Keith Blomerley 6 January 2007 6 years ago 10 sec 3
A bird running and feeding on the ground Locality Okavango Camp, Okavango Delta, North-West District, Botswana (ssp verreauxi)
Juan Sanabria 26 September 2005 8 years ago 24 sec 2.8
A bird on the ground Locality Okavango Camp, Okavango Delta, North-West District, Botswana (ssp verreauxi)
Juan Sanabria 26 September 2005 8 years ago 18 sec 2.5
PhotosSee all 17 photos
Foraging on the ground
Locality Dikhololo Game Reserve, North West Province, South Africa
Robert Erasmus 14 July 2011 1 year ago 3.7
Feeding on the ground
Locality Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng Province, South Africa (ssp libonyanus)
Robert Erasmus 9 August 2013 17 weeks ago 3.6
On the ground.
Locality Limpopo Province, South Africa (ssp libonyanus)
Fran Trabalon 22 October 2008 2 years ago 3.6
An aggressive forrager.
Locality Pilanesberg National Park, North West Province, South Africa
Robert Erasmus 24 August 2010 3 years ago 3.5
A very active and aggressive bird.
Locality Bakgatla Camp, Pilanesberg National Park, North West Province, South Africa
Robert Erasmus 24 August 2010 3 years ago 3.4
Locality Hlane Royal National Park, Lubombo District, Swaziland
Simphiwe 28 September 2013 3 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 3.3
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