Karoo Thrush..

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….

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39 thoughts on “Karoo Thrush..

  1. Pingback: Olive Thrush… one of the common Thrush’s.. | The Photographic Journey of bulldog.

  2. Hi Bulldog. Playing catch up with your posts. I have to share with you that I am in total awe of your artistry and ability to capture the incredibly beauty of mother nature’s gorgeous creatures. Your photographs are spectacular! Thank you so much. I love viewing them so much, again and again! Your narrative as always just adds to the experience! πŸ™‚

    • Never thought of it like that… but then coming from you I would have to sit up and take notice… will go back and ask it next time I see one.,… does look a bit like a speed cop…

      • We have the Swainson’s thrush that arrives in May and stays only a few weeks, but serenades us with the most beautiful songs. It sounds like he’s singing, “You’re pretty, you’re pretty, oh really!” Say it really fast in a rising melody and you’ve got it.

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