Collared Palm Thrush

Scientific Name:
Cichladusa arquata
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Collared Palm Thrush

The Collared Palm Thrush (Cichladusa arquata) is a bird species found in parts of Africa, especially in Namibia and primarily found in wooded and forested areas.


Collared Palm Thrushes are typically found in a variety of habitats, including forests, woodlands, wooded savannas, and riverine forests. They are often associated with areas containing palms or other dense vegetation, where they can forage for insects and other small prey. These thrushes are also known to inhabit parks, gardens, and urban areas with suitable vegetation.


Collared Palm Thrushes are medium-sized birds, measuring approximately 20 to 23 centimeters (8 to 9 inches) in length. They have a relatively stout build with a rounded head, short tail, and a distinctive collar of black streaks on the breast, which gives them their name. Their plumage is predominantly brown or olive-brown, with subtle streaking on the underparts and wings. Best Viewing The best places to view Collared Palm Thrushes are in wooded and forested habitats within their range. Look for them in areas with dense vegetation, including forests, woodlands, and riverine habitats where they are commonly found. These thrushes are often seen foraging for food on the ground or perched in trees and bushes, where they can blend in with their surroundings.