- Psophocichla litsipsirupa
Length 22-24 cm (8½-9½ in); mass 71-84 g. A thrush of open habitats with an upright stance and shortish tail.
Upper parts pale grey-brown; bold black-and-white face markings; underparts white or off-white with distinct black teardrop spots.
The Spotted Ground-Thrush differs in being a forest thrush with two bold wing-bars, a longer tail and a more horizontal stance. The Song Thrush also has a longer tail and a more horizontal stance, and has brown ear-coverts.
Southern and eastern Africa
Western Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland
This species seems to be the closest relative of the Turdus thrushes.
- P. l. litsipsirupa
- P. l. pauciguttata
- P. l. stierlingi
- P. l. simensis
Open woodland, savanna and montane grassland.
Forages on the ground in short grass, burnt grass or on bare soil; eats invertebrates.
Monogamous; co-operative breeding recorded. The nest is a cup of plant material built in a tree, 2-9 m above the ground. Two to four eggs are laid and incubated for 14-15 days by both sexes. Parasitised by African Cuckoo.
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- Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
- Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Groundscraper Thrush. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 21 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Groundscraper_Thrush