I never tire of seeing Olive Thrushes (Turdus olivaceus) in our garden for they are real characters that are present throughout the year. A careful observation of their eyes reveals both wisdom and curiosity, whether they are keeping watch for an insect or observing their surroundings carefully before moving on. They frequently sing from a perch high up in a tree.

You can see how its colouring helps it to blend into the background. They frequently search for food on the ground (or in the gutters on our roof!) by turning over leaves and tend to take larger bits of food back to the cover of the undergrowth to eat.

This youngster, identifiable by its spotted chest, is eyeing the camera curiously.

An adult posing on the feeding tray. Notice its speckled throat and yellow bill with a dark base to its upper mandible.

12 thoughts on “OLIVE THRUSHES

  1. What wonderful images you have of the Olive Thrush, Anne! I looked through our collection just the other day and they aren’t anywhere good enough to build a post on.

    To me, and I’m no ornithologist, I still can’t figure out why the Olive and Karoo Thurshes were split into separate species – they just look so similar and to my mind are subspecies / races of the same species at best. Would love to know if you have any thoughts on this?


    • I agree. I read a paper about this the other day but it does not make a great deal of sense to me … one shade of orange over another … although the eye-ring of the Karoo Thrush is brighter, almost golden.

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  2. Hier is een in my tuin, wat elke oggend presies tien voor sewe op die swembadheining by my kamervenster kom sit en dan so mooi sing. Saans is hy die laaste een om bed toe te gaan ook met ‘n pragtige liedjie. Hulle het beslis groot persoonlikhede. Pragtige foto’s, Anne!


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