A singing thrush in my garden

Elizabeth Kendall

Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa

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I saw this Karoo thrush – Turdus smithi – early in the morning singing his beautiful song next to my window. He made my day so beautiful! (Gauteng, South Africa) I just had to paint him. Waterpaint on 300gsm paper.
Thrushes make up Turdidae, a family of passerine birds that occurs worldwide. It has been difficult to define this family as its boundaries are constantly changing in the ornithological literature. Formerly, the Turdidae were a huge family of 365 species. Thrushes are plump, soft-plumaged, small to medium-sized birds, inhabiting wooded areas, and often feed on the ground. Most species are grey or brown in colour, often with speckled underparts. They are small to medium-sized songbirds that have ten primaries and a turdine ‘thumb’ on the syrinx.
They are insectivorous, but most species also eat worms, land snails, and fruit. Many species are permanently resident in warm climates, while others migrate to higher latitudes during summer, often over considerable distances.
Thrushes build cup-shaped nests, sometimes lining them with mud. They lay two to five speckled eggs, sometimes laying two or more clutches per year. Both parents help in raising the young.
The songs of some species, including members of the genus Turdus, are considered to be among the most beautiful in the avian world.
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FEATURED in The wonder of wings
9 December 2015
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10 December 2015.
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31 December 2015.

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