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Blue Rock Thrush

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MalePhoto by Jamie MacArthurLesvos , April 2009
Photo by Jamie MacArthur
Lesvos , April 2009
Monticola solitarius


[edit] Identification

FemalePhoto by Jamie MacArthurLocation:Lesvos, April 2009
Photo by Jamie MacArthur
Location:Lesvos, April 2009

20–23 cm (7¾-9 in)
Male nominate

  • Blue-grey plumage
  • Darker wings and tail

Female variable and immature

  • Dark brown upperparts
  • Pale brown scaly underparts

[edit] Distribution

Southern Europe, north-western Africa (wintering to north-eastern and central Africa), Siberia to central Asia to northern China and Malaysia.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Subspecies philippenisPhoto by robby thaiKoh Chang Island, Ranong Province, Thailand, April 2014
Subspecies philippenis
Photo by robby thai
Koh Chang Island, Ranong Province, Thailand, April 2014

There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • M. s. solitarius:
  • M. s. longirostris:
  • M. s. pandoo:
  • M. s. philippensis:
  • M. s. madoci:

[edit] Habitat

Fairly conspicuous on exposed rocky slopes, road cuts even through forests, open areas including parks, and along rocky streams and rivers (on wintering grounds).

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

Juvenile, subspecies longirostris Photo by max1Panna Nat.Park, C. India, February 201
Juvenile, subspecies longirostris
Photo by max1
Panna Nat.Park, C. India, February 201

They nest on steep cliffs in rock cavities and walls. The clutch consists of 3-5 eggs.

[edit] Diet

The diet vertebrates, small vertebrates, insects and fruit. Insects include grasshoppers, locusts and crickets.

[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
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2018)
  4. Wikipedia

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