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Common Rock Thrush

From Opus

Alternative name: Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush

MalePhoto by kyyrojuAali, Bahrain
Male
Photo by kyyroju
Aali, Bahrain
Monticola saxatilis

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[edit] Identification

FemalePhoto by john-henrySierra de Gredos, Spain May 2007
Female
Photo by john-henry
Sierra de Gredos, Spain May 2007

16–19 cm (6¼-7½ in)
Male

  • Pale slate-blue-grey head, neck and mantle
  • Underparts and outer tail feathers are chestnut-orange
  • Dark brown wings
  • White blaze on back

Females and Immatures

  • Dark brown scaly upperparts
  • Paler brown scaly underparts.
  • Outer tail feathers are reddish, like the male.

[edit] Distribution

Southern Europe across central Asia to northern China.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Open dry hilly areas, usually above 1500m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

It nests in rock cavities, laying 4-5 eggs.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes a wide range of insects and berries.

[edit] Vocalisation


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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition

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