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[[Image:Sentinel_Rock_Thrush.jpg|thumb|500px|right|Male Sentinel Rock Thrush<br />Photo &copy; by GarethH<br />Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, South Africa]]
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[[Image:Sentinel_Rock_Thrush.jpg|thumb|500px|right|Male Sentinel Rock Thrush<br />Photo &copy; by {{user|GarethH|GarethH}}<br />Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, South Africa]]
 
;[[:Category:Monticola|Monticola]] explorator
 
;[[:Category:Monticola|Monticola]] explorator
  
 
==Identification==
 
==Identification==
[[Image:Sentinel_Rock-Thrush_F_GarethH_Suikerbosrand_Jun_2006.jpg|thumb|350px|right|Female<br />Photo &copy; by GarethH<br />Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, South Africa]]
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Length 17 cm, mass about 50 g.<br />
 
Length 17 cm, mass about 50 g.<br />
 
''Adult male''': The head to upper breast and back is a striking blue-grey, contrasting with a rich orange lower breast and belly. The wings are black and grey. The bill is black and the irises are brown.<br />
 
''Adult male''': The head to upper breast and back is a striking blue-grey, contrasting with a rich orange lower breast and belly. The wings are black and grey. The bill is black and the irises are brown.<br />
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Grasslands, heathlands, fynbos and other open habitats, often on rocky slopes.
 
Grasslands, heathlands, fynbos and other open habitats, often on rocky slopes.
 
==Behaviour==
 
==Behaviour==
[[Image:2007_12_28_Imm_Sentinel_Rock_Thrush_5557.jpg|thumb|300px|right|Immature Sentinel Rock Thrush<br />Photo &copy; by Alan Manson<br />Sani Pass, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa-Lesotho border.]]
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[[Image:2007_12_28_Imm_Sentinel_Rock_Thrush_5557.jpg|thumb|300px|right|Immature Sentinel Rock Thrush<br />Photo &copy; by {{user|Alan+Manson|Alan Manson}}<br />Sani Pass, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa-Lesotho border.]]
 
Solitary, in pairs, or in small groups.  Fairly active and often perches conspicuously.
 
Solitary, in pairs, or in small groups.  Fairly active and often perches conspicuously.
 
====Diet====
 
====Diet====

Latest revision as of 07:04, 13 August 2019

Male Sentinel Rock Thrush
Photo © by GarethH
Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, South Africa
Monticola explorator

Identification

Female
Photo © by GarethH
Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, South Africa

Length 17 cm, mass about 50 g.
Adult male': The head to upper breast and back is a striking blue-grey, contrasting with a rich orange lower breast and belly. The wings are black and grey. The bill is black and the irises are brown.
Adult female: Greyish brown with pale mottling above. Throat and breast streaked dark brown on a white to orange background. Belly creamy.

Distribution

Southern and eastern South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Taxonomy

Subspecies

There are two subspecies:

  • M. e. explorator from most of the range of the species (Western Cape to Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Swaziland)
  • M. e. tenebriformis from Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal, darker than the nominate race.

Habitat

Grasslands, heathlands, fynbos and other open habitats, often on rocky slopes.

Behaviour

Immature Sentinel Rock Thrush
Photo © by Alan Manson
Sani Pass, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa-Lesotho border.

Solitary, in pairs, or in small groups. Fairly active and often perches conspicuously.

Diet

Forages on the ground (often from a low perch) mainly for insects, but also other invertebrates, seeds and fruit.

References

Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ & Ryan PG (eds) 2005. Robert's Birds of Southern Africa, 7th edition. John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town, South Africa. ISBN 0620340533

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