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Alternative name: Spotted Morning-Thrush

(Presumed subspecies intercalans.)
Photo by Jankees
Amboseli, Kenya, October 2003
Cichladusa guttata


Similar to Scrub Robins but has much narrower white "eyebrows" and no white in the wings, and resembles a Spotted Ground Thrush.


Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Subspecies intercalans.
Photo © by THE_FERN. Buffalo Springs National Park, Kenya, November 2021



Clements recognises the following subspecies [1]:

  • C. g. guttata: eastern South Sudan and southwestern Ethiopia to northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, northern Uganda, and northwestern Kenya (west of Lake Turkana)
  • C. g. intercalans: southern Ethiopia to central Kenya and central Tanzania
  • C. g. rufipennis: Littoral of southern Somalia to east Kenya and east Tanzania (Dar-es-Salaam)


Dry forests, dry savanna, and moist shrubland.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  1. TrekNature

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