SPOTTED THRUSHES OF SOUTH AFRICA

Two species exist that outwardly appear to look identical but are clearly separable by habitat preference and known distribution ranges.

Groundscraper Thrush  - Patrick Cardwell www.avianleisure.com

Groundscraper Thrush - Patrick Cardwell www.avianleisure.com

The Spotted Ground Thrush favours the understory of indigenous forests and the coastal belt along the East Coast while the Groundscraper Thrush is found throughout the savannah bushveld to the west of the Drakensberg Escarpment. Aside from the habitat preference the clearly conspicuous wing bar of the Spotted Ground Thrush is the defining identification feature. Sadly, this highly localised and secretive thrush is now under threat due to habitat loss and has been recently listed as endangered.

Spotted Ground Thrush, 2370 - Patrick Cardwell www.avianleisure.com

Spotted Ground Thrush - Patrick Cardwell www.avianleisure.com

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