Groundscraper Thrush Psophocichla litsitsirupa

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A tall, bold, long-legged, short-tailed thrush with gray-brown upperparts, heavily streaked white underparts, and a strongly marked face. In flight it shows distinctive large buff patches in the broad wings. The isolated simiensis race in the highlands of the Horn of Africa is warmer above and below and may be split as a separate species. Pairs and small groups occupy moorland, grassland, and open woodland, favoring heavily grazed and burned areas. It runs long distances on the ground hunting invertebrates, stopping bolt upright and flicking its wings. The song is a grating, unmelodic “lit-sit-siru-pa.”

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