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A feathered friend by Elizabeth Kendall


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The Karoo Thrush (Turdus smithi) is a member of the thrush family in Africa. It has traditionally been considered a subspecies of the Olive Thrush (with which it is known to hybridize), but is increasingly treated as a separate species.
Olive / Karoo thrush Identification
This medium-sized bird has a length of about 24 cm. It has a wing length between 117 and 131 mm, a culmen length between 20 and 24 mm and a tarsus length between 30,0 and 34,5 mm. It can reach a mass of at least 86 g. 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, Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and part of the North West Province). Info
Pic taken in my garden, Gauteng, South Africa.
Photography: Birds in my garden
Canon PowerShotSX40 HS.
10 Jan. 2013
FEATURED in Fauna, Flora, Landscapes and Architecture of South Africa
10 Jan. 2013.

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  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture Elizabeth! Wonderful that you have these in your garden!

  • Thanks Maree, appreciate the kind words and fav. First time I saw this thrushie!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanalmost 2 years ago

    what a cutie Elizabeth! a friend indeed..

  • Thanks for a fine comment Linda!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonalmost 2 years ago

    10 Jan 2013

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  • BAIE dankie Maree, dis ’n groot voorreg om deel te kan wees van so ’n prag-uitstalling! Waardeer baie.

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Vitta
    Vittaalmost 2 years ago


  • Thanks so much Vitta!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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