Olive Thrush | Turdus olivaceus
The Olive Thrush is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Muscicapidae bird family group which includes birds such as Thrushes, Robins, Chats, Old World Flycatchers.
The description for the Olive Thrush (Latin name Turdus olivaceus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Turdus olivaceus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 577 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 907. You will find a picture of the Olive Thrush on page 929.
There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Olive Thrush between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition
The Olive Thrush has a height of 24 cms and weighs around 66 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured brown. The Turdus olivaceus has a white coloured throat, orange legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.
Head is brown
Eyes are brown
Bill is brown
Legs are orange
Throat is white
Back is brown
Feeding Habits ...
This bird forages for food on the ground
This bird hunts for small reptiles such as lizards, geckos and bush snakes. The Olive Thrush strikes poisonous snakes on the head with one fatal blow which kills the snake instantly. There have been cases were this bird has been killed by a snake while hunting. Some birds have been blinded by Cobra venom.
The Turdus olivaceus forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.
Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...
The Olive Thrush is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 eggs and they are coloured green.
The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foligae.
This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests
The bird is an urban dweller as well, being at home in parks, gardens and in old vacated buildings
Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...
The Olive Thrush is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.
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