Thrushes (Turdidae)

Spotted Ground-thrush (Zoothera guttata) - HBW 10, p. 689

French: Grive tachetée German: Nataldrossel Spanish: Zorzal Moteado
Other common names: Fischer’s Ground-thrush (fischeri)

Taxonomy: Turdus guttatus Vigors, 1831, Algoa Bay, Agrica [= Durban, Natal].
Taxonomic history complex, as has frequently been referred to as Turdus fischeri. Birds in N of range of nominate race suggested as belonging to race belcheri, but recent reassessment supports current arrangement. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • maxis (Nikolaus, 1982) - Lotti Forest, in S Sudan.
  • lippensi Prigogine & Louette, 1984 - SE DRCongo.
  • fischeri (Hellmayr, 1901) - S Tanzania (probably also NE Mozambique); non-breeding N to coastal Kenya.

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  • maxis (Nikolaus, 1982) - Lotti Forest, in S Sudan.
  • lippensi Prigogine & Louette, 1984 - SE DRCongo.
  • fischeri (Hellmayr, 1901) - S Tanzania (probably also NE Mozambique); non-breeding N to coastal Kenya.
  • belcheri (Benson, 1950) - Thyolo and Soche Mts, in S Malawi.
  • guttata (Vigors, 1831) - E South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal S to Eastern Cape).
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