Orange Ground Thrush

Gurney choke ( Zoothera gurneyi )

The Gurney - throttle ( Zoothera gurneyi ) is a small to medium sized thrushes of the genus Erddrosseln ( Zoothera ), which is used in five subspecies of Angola to South Africa, Central Africa to East Africa. It was described in 1864 by Gustav Hartlaub and named after John Henry Gurney.


The Gurney - throttle reaches a length of 21-23 centimeters. The weight is approximately 64 grams. The head is olive-brown, the beak is black. The throat is olive green and the top is brown. The legs are pink. The iris is brown.

Occurrence and habitat

The five subspecies Z. g gurneyi, Z. g otomitra, Z. g chuka, Z. g raineyi and Z. g disruptans come in Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zimbabwe before. Their habitat is subtropical and tropical mountain forests.

Food and lifestyle

The Gurney choke is on the ground in search of food. Their diet consists of butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. She lives singly or in pairs and is monogamous. The nest is built on the ground of straw, leaves and fig leaves. For protection from predators, it is located under a bush. The female lays one to three blue eggs.