Karoo Thrush (Turdus smithi)
This medium sized bird has a length of about 24 cm. The Karoo thrush is considered a subspecies of Olive Thrush (Turdus olivaceus) and is even known to hybridise with it.
It differs from the Olive Thrush by its longer, entirely orange bill, its longer wings, and its greyer flanks. It occurs in South Africa (Little Namaqualand, Karoo and Northern Cape).
The female builds a cup nest, between 2 to 9 m above the ground. The 1–3 (usually 2) eggs are incubated solely by the female for 14–15 days to hatching, and the chicks fledge in another 16 days.
The male’s song is a mix of fluted, whistled and trilled phrases, and now a few photos….