Alternative name: Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush
- Monticola saxatilis
16–19 cm (6¼-7½ in)
- 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.
Open dry hilly areas, usually above 1500m.
It nests in rock cavities, laying 4-5 eggs.
The diet includes a wide range of insects and berries.
- 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/
- Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Common Rock Thrush. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 2 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Common_Rock_Thrush
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