Blue Rock Thrush

Monticola solitarius (Linnaeus, 1758) BLRTH 11660
Family: Passeriformes > Muscicapidae

Blue Rock Thrush, Simon Gillings

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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  • Breeding
  • Winter
440 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
440 records



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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 species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Blue Rock Thrush is a very rare vagrant, most often encountered in late autumn. Records shown here include an unusual wintering individual.

Weekly occurence of Blue Rock Thrush from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


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


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Brych Craig Glas
Catalan: merla blava
Czech: skalník modrý
Danish: Blådrossel
Dutch: Blauwe Rotslijster
Estonian: sini-kivirästas
Finnish: sinirastas
French: Monticole bleu
German: Blaumerle
Hungarian: kék kövirigó
Icelandic: Bláþröstungur
Italian: Passero solitario
Latvian: zilais akmenstrazds
Lithuanian: melynasis akmeninis strazdas
Norwegian: Blåtrost
Polish: modrak sródziemnomorski
Portuguese: melro-azul
Slovak: skaliar modrý
Slovenian: pušcavec
Spanish: Roquero solitario
Swedish: blåtrast

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