Kurrichane Thrush

Turdus libonyana

The Kurrichane Thrush is a shy denizen of open woodlands and dense vegetation fringing river courses, and have adapted to well-planted parks and gardens in our towns and cities. They feed on a wide variety of fruit and invertebrates.

Usually encountered in monogamous, territorial pairs, Kurrichane Thrushes breed from late winter to early autumn. Their cup-shaped nests are placed in the forks of large trees and often lined with mud. Only the female incubates the clutch consisting of 1-4 eggs over a two-week period. While the chicks leave the nest roughly two weeks after hatching they may remain with their parents for up to two months more before becoming independent. Fully grown, Kurrichane Thrushes measure about 22cm and weigh around 63g.

Kurrichane Thrushes occur widely over eastern, central and southern Africa. In this country they are found from Kwazulu-Natal to North West, through Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Gauteng. The IUCN considers it as being of least concern.

20 thoughts on “Kurrichane Thrush

        1. de Wets Wild Post author

          Indeed, Carol. I suppose the fact that their habitat preferences are so widely different is one of the reasons why the Karoo and Olive are considered seperate species these days. For my money the Kurrichane is probably very closely related to those two as well, just going by its appearance.

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  1. healingfootprints

    Lovely – We have a thriving population of Olive thrushes in our KZN garden. Love watching them scurrying around the undergrowth looking for food . They enjoy the cat food, apparently because it is so high in protein I’m told.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Maybe it’s because I am colourblind, but I often find it very tricky to differentiate the Karoo, Kurrichane and Olive Thrushes when we visit areas where more than one occur. Your mature garden, so beautifully planted with indigenous plant, is the ideal habitat for those Olive Thrushes, Anne!

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