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Alternative name: Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush

Male
Photo by kyyroju
Aali, Bahrain
Monticola saxatilis

Identification

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.

Distribution

Southern Europe across central Asia to northern China.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Open dry hilly areas, usually above 1500m.

Behaviour

Breeding

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

Diet

The diet includes a wide range of insects and berries.

Vocalisation

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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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