Spotted Palm Thrush

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Cichladusa guttata

  • SWAHILI NAME: Kuruwiji

The spotted palm thrush is also known as the spotted morning thrush because of its joyful habit of hailing the dawn with a fluting song. These thrushes sing all day long and burst into encores on nights when the moon is high.

Spotted Palm Thrush

Spotted Palm Thrush



Daily Rhythm




Conservation Status

Lower risk


6.5 in (17 cm) long

Spotted Palm Thrush

Listen to the sounds of the Spotted Palm Thrush

Trivia Question

A spotted palm thrush is about as big as what other bird?


Spotted palm thrushes are 6.5 inches (17 cm) long, about the same size as a house sparrow.


Spotted palm thrushes sing a series of sweet—and often loud—variable calls.


Spotted palm thrushes spend their days foraging on the forest floor, rummaging through leaf litter, or prowling for food in thickets.


These thrushes feed on insects and plant parts.


Spotted palm thrushes build nests in palm trees. Typically, the female lays one to four eggs, which she incubates. Thrush chicks hatch in about 11 days.

Population in Kenya

Kenya’s spotted palm thrushes are found in wide swaths of thickets, gullies, and dry riverbeds at elevations below 5,250 feet (1,600 m).

Range & Habitat

Spotted palm thrushes are found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, east to Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda, and north to Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia, They prefer dry forests and savanna or shrub land.

Did you know?

Spotted palm thrushes sometimes boldly leave the wild for easier pickings around gardens and safari lodges.