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Blue-capped Rock Thrush

From Opus

MalePhoto © by Yeshey DorjiKelepha, Wangdue, Western Bhutan, August 2004
Photo © by Yeshey Dorji
Kelepha, Wangdue, Western Bhutan, August 2004
Monticola cinclorhyncha


[edit] Identification

FemalePhoto © by RakeshNandi Hills, Bangalore, India, December 2005
Photo © by Rakesh
Nandi Hills, Bangalore, India, December 2005


  • Bright blue and black upperparts
  • White wing bar
  • Rufous underparts


  • Dark olive upperparts
  • Heavily scaled underparts

[edit] Distribution

Mountains of eastern Afghanistan, northern Pakistan and India; winters to Myanmar.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Broadleaved open and sub-tropical forest; open rocky and grassy hillsides.

Winters in moist forest and well wooded areas.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

1st Winter MalePhoto © by Alok TewariBhimashankar WLS, Dist. Pune, Maharashtra, India, Jan-2016
1st Winter Male
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Bhimashankar WLS, Dist. Pune, Maharashtra, India, Jan-2016

Their varied diet consists of small lizards, frogs, insects, snails, worms, berries and seeds.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2016)
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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