Abyssinian Thrush (Turdus abyssinicus)

Abyssinian Thrush

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Turdidae | [latin] Turdus abyssinicus | [UK] Abyssinian Thrush | [FR] Grive des montagnes | [DE] Gmelindrossel | [ES] Zorzal Abisinio | [NL] Afrikaanse Berglijster


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Turdus abyssinicus AF n Somalia to n Tanzania.
Turdus abyssinicus abyssinicus
Turdus abyssinicus bambusicola
Turdus abyssinicus baraka
Turdus abyssinicus deckeni
Turdus abyssinicus milanjensis
Turdus abyssinicus nyikae
Turdus abyssinicus oldeani

Physical charateristics

This variable forest thrush is generally darker than the African Thrush and has an orange (not yellow) bill. It is also darker than the Kurrichane Thrush and has no malar stripes. Generally the birds get darker at higher altitudes

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 22 cm size max.: 24 cm
incubation min.: 14 days incubation max.: 15 days
fledging min.: 16 days fledging max.: 17 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 3  


Africa : North Somalia to North Tanzania.


It is found in forests, suburban parks and gardens, and plantations.


It builds a cup nest, typically up to 6 m above the ground in a tree. The 2-3 blue eggs are incubated mainly by the female for 14-15 days. The chicks fledge in another 16 days.

Feeding habits

Its diet consists of insects, molluscs, and spiders.


Not specified

It has recently been split from the Olive Thrush (Turdus olivaceus), Usambara Thrush (Turdus roehli) and Taita Thrush (Turdus helleri) on genetic differences. Their ranges do not overlap. The southern and northern populations may be distinct species

Abyssinian Thrush status Least Concern


They are resident year-round, however, birds living in the northern part of the species’ range may migrate south.

Distribution map

Abyssinian Thrush distribution range map

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