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.

References and further reading

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 60

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 148

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 52

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 231

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 34

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 183

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 148

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

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 302

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

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

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 391

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 378

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 294

Roberts Bird Guide - Author: Hugh Chittenden - Published: 2007 - Page: 286

Newmans Garden Birds - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1991 - Page: 72

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 312

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 312

Know your Garden Birds - Author: - Published: 0 - Page: 26

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 412

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 224

Geoff Lockwoods Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Published: 0 - Page: 62

Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: P. Ginn & G. McIlleron - Published: 1981 - Page: 31

Field Guide to the West Coast - Author: H. Marshall and B. Mommsen - Published: 1994 - Page: 104

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 105

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 21

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

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 187

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 90

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 164

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

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 202

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 71

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

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 222

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