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Ground-scraper Thrush (Psophocichla litsitsirupa)

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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Camera : Canon EOS 550D
Taken in my garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa)
Gevlekte lyster [Afrikaans]
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The Ground-scraper Thrushes have at last become permanent residents in my garden! I’ve noticed them scratching in the leaf litter during winter, together with the Olive thrushes, who have been here for two seasons now.

Unlike the Olive, the Ground-scraper is much more bold, watching me and following me through the garden, ducking and taking short little runs and then standing erect again, as is there manner. I’m very pleased that they have honoured me with their presence!

There are four subspecies: P. l. litsitsirupa is the most southerly form, occurring from Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique south to northern and eastern parts of South Africa. The cup-shaped nest is built using vegetation and spider-webs and is lined with feathers or leaves. Three or four eggs are laid and are incubated for 14 to 15 days
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Sing, sweet thrushes, forth and sing!
Meet the moon upon the lea;
Are the emeralds of the spring
On the angler’s trysting-tree?
Tell, sweet thrushes, tell to me,
Are there buds on our willow-tree?
Buds and birds on our trysting tree?*
(Quote by – Thomas Tod Stoddart)


28th October 2013 – FEATURED in “The Birds”
9th November 2013 – FEATURED in “African Art & Photography”

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