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Alternativ name: Madagascan Robin-Chat

Photo by rdavis
Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar, November 2011

Includes: Benson's Rock Thrush

Monticola sharpei

Pseudocossyphus sharpei



Endemic to east-central Madagascar.


Benson's Rock Thrush
Photo by balticbird
Isalo, Madagascar, October 2001

Sometimes placed in genus Pseudocossyphus.

Amber Mountain Rock Thrush was formerly included in this species.


Clements recognizes two subspecies[1].

  • M. s. sharpei:
  • M. s. bensoni:

Bensoni was formerly considered to be a full species, however recent resarch is not supporting this.
Subspecies salomonseni has interchangeably been considered as belonging here or in Littoral Rock Thrush but is currently not recognized at all.


Rocky highland areas (bensoni) and highland rain forests.



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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/

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