Thrushes (Turdidae)

Orange Ground-thrush (Zoothera gurneyi) - HBW 10, p. 688

French: Grive de Gurney German: Gurneydrossel Spanish: Zorzal de Gurney
Other common names: Gurney’s Thrush/Ground-thrush

Taxonomy: Turdus gurneyi Hartlaub, 1864, near Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa.
Frequently treated as conspecific with Z. crossleyi, in part owing to vocal similarity, but plumage differences favour treatment as two separate species. Proposed races chyulu (from Chyulu Mts, in SE Kenya) and usambarae (from Mlalo, near Wilhelmstal, in N Tanzania) considered synonyms of raineyi. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • chuka (van Someren, 1931) - Mt Kenya and Kikuyu escarpment.
  • raineyi (Mearns, 1913) - SE Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • otomitra (Reichenow, 1904) - W Angola, SE DRCongo, Tanzania and N Malawi.

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  • chuka (van Someren, 1931) - Mt Kenya and Kikuyu escarpment.
  • raineyi (Mearns, 1913) - SE Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • otomitra (Reichenow, 1904) - W Angola, SE DRCongo, Tanzania and N Malawi.
  • disruptans (Clancey, 1955) - C Malawi S to Mozambique, E Zimbabwe, NE South Africa (Northern Province) and N Swaziland.
  • gurneyi (Hartlaub, 1864) - E South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal S to Eastern Cape).