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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 MacArthurLesvos, April 2009
Photo © by Jamie MacArthur
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

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] Gallery

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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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