Blue Rock Thrush

Monticola solitarius philippensis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Thrushes (Turdidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

MONSOL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Blue Rock Thrush has a large breeding range that exceeds 9 million square kilometers. This thrush species breeds in southern Europe, northwestern Africa, central and eastern Asia, and the Himalayan region. It winters in parts of northern Africa, the Arabian peninsula, and much of southern and southeastern Asia. The Blue Rock Thrush frequents open, rocky areas and cliffs. Although the size of the population is unknown, it is believed to be large enough to give this species a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Blue Rock Thrush: Small to medium, slate-blue thrush with chestnut belly and vent, and long wings with black-gray primaries. Medium length tail. Female is dark gray-brown above, buff-brown below with black-brown barring on underparts, black-brown scaling on breast and face, and buff eyering. Juvenile is like female but has more scaling.


Range and Habitat

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Blue Rock Thrush SONGS AND CALLS

Blue Rock Thrush JJ1

Song is a melodious series of whistled phrases.

Blue Rock Thrush KK1

Call is a clear repeated "seet".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"seet", "tak-tak", "piiiii"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Blue Rock Thrush is the national bird of Malta.
  • These birds migrate nocturnally.
  • This bird was printed on the Lm 1 coins, which were the former currency of Malta.
  • A group of thrushes is collectively known as a "hermitage" and a "mutation" of thrushes.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
PrimariesX
The primaries are the flight feathers specialized for flight. They are attached to the "hand" equivalent part of the wing.
VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
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Head Feathers and Markings X
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