Somali thrush

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Somali thrush
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Turdus
Species: T. ludoviciae
Binomial name
Turdus ludoviciae
(Phillips, 1895)

The Somali thrush (Turdus ludoviciae), also known as the Somali blackbird, is a songbird species in the family Turdidae. It is endemic to Somalia.

It has a black head and breast, yellow bill, brown back and wings and a grey belly with red sides.

Its natural habitats are montane juniper woodlands and open areas between 1,300-2,000 m. It is threatened by habitat loss and was formerly classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN.[2] Recent research has found that the loss of habitat is not as severe as first feared and the species is downlisted to Vulnerable in 2008.[3] Local conservation efforts have apparently aided in the protection of forests.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Turdus ludoviciae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ BLI (2004)
  3. ^ BLI (2008)


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