African Thrush

Turdus pelios

African Thrush, Turdus pelios, photo © by Michael Plagens.

Golf course grounds at Kitale Club, Kitale, Rift Valley, Kenya, January 2012.

In Kenya the African Thrush is found in western Kenya and is considerably paler than the more common and widespread Olive Thrush. It uses its sturdy, yellowish beak to probe into the soil and turf after caterpillars, worms and spiders. They are wary and quick to hide when people approach. Fruit is also an important item in the diet.

Olive Thrush © Michael Plagens

Follow the thumb-link above for the Olive Thrush which is similar and more widely encountered.

Turdidae -- Thrush Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 20 March 2012