Rock Thrush

Monticola saxatilis (Linnaeus, 1766) OH ROCTH 11620
Family: Passeriformes > Muscicapidae

Rock Thrush, Yoav Perlman

A very rare visitor to Britain & Ireland that breeds in alpine habitats from Spain through to central Asia.

British records peak in May and it has been suggested that while spring records relate to European birds, those in autumn may come from breeding populations located further to the east.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
304 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
304 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


Rock Thrush is a very rare vagrant and can occur in spring or autumn.

Weekly occurence of 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 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 Graig Cyffredin
Catalan: merla roquera comuna
Czech: skalník zpevný
Danish: Stendrossel
Dutch: Rode Rotslijster
Estonian: kivirästas
Finnish: kivikkorastas
French: Monticole de roche
German: Steinrötel
Hungarian: kövirigó
Icelandic: Rauðþröstungur
Irish: Smólach Aille
Italian: Codirossone
Latvian: raibais akmenstrazds
Lithuanian: margasis akmeninis strazdas
Norwegian: Steintrost
Polish: nagórnik (zwyczajny)
Portuguese: melro-das-rochas
Slovak: skaliar pestrý
Slovenian: slegur
Spanish: Roquero rojo
Swedish: stentrast

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