Blue Rock Thrush
Monticola solitarius (Linnaeus, 1758)
Family: Passeriformes > Muscicapidae
The first of only a handful of accepted records of this species, a corpse found near the Skerryvore lighthouse off Argyll, was initially sent to BTO HQ. It apparently "arrived safely, but had begun to decay" and is now in the Natural History Museum collection at Tring.
Blue Rock Thrush breeds from Iberia and north-west Africa east to China and Japan, favouring cliffs and rocky outcrops in mountainous regions.
While eastern populations tend to be more migratory in habits, those from the western end of the range are mainly resident or make seasonal altitudinal movements.
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Status and Trends
Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.
This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution.
Occupied 10-km squares in UK
European Distribution Map
Blue Rock Thrush is a very rare vagrant, most often encountered in late autumn. Records shown here include an unusual wintering individual.
Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.
Lifecycle and body size information about Blue Rock Thrush, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.
Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.
Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.
Feather measurements and photos on featherbase
|Field Codes||5-letter code: BLRTH | Euring: 11660|
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