Olive Thrush… one of the common Thrush’s..

Olive Thrush (Turdus olivaceus)

One of the most common members of the thrush family (Turdidae). It occurs in east African highlands from Eritrea and Ethiopia in north to the Cape of Good Hope in south.

The female builds a cup nest, typically 2 to 9 m above the ground in a tree or hedge. 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 Karoo Thrush (Turdus smithi) is said to be a sub-specie of this bird and I have posted on it before (to see post CLICK HERE), and now that is enough of the scientific stuff…

This bird has the most beautiful singing voice and I’m going to try and add a YouTube recording… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTYjKzykq6g  sorry you’ll have to click on the link, but please do, it is beautiful…

And you must remember my singing Ground scraper Thrush, that pair of singers.?? (to see post CLICK HERE

Now for my photos of the Olive Thrush…..

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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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