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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Olive Thrush

Afrikaans name: Olyflyster

Olive Thrush

Olive Thrush

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Turdus olivaceus

The Olive Thrush is quite a widespread and common species occuring from South Africa to Ethiopia.

It weighs around 100 grams and has a length of 24 cm.

It can often be seen on the ground in gardens and parks but it is usually quite close to cover. Its natural habitats are forest and woodland.

The Olive Thrush hops around on the ground looking amongst the dead leaves and other vegetation for insects, spiders, worms and fruit.

They make a nest a few metres off the ground in thick vegetation. Up to 3 eggs are laid.

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References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 71

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 75

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 164

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 60

Geoff Lockwood's Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Year Published: - Page: 62

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 412

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 506

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 501

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 316

List of South African Birds

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