Copyright © 2017 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Blue Rock Thrush (male): this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Blue Rock Thrush (male) or Monticola solitarius is actually a species of chat and it was formerly placed in the family Turdidae. Breeding in southern Europe, northwest Africa, and the Central Asia to northern China and Malaysia. It is migratory in nature wintering in sub-Saharan Africa, India, Southeast Asia, especially Thailand. It is also an uncommon visitor to northern and western Europe.

Breeding in open mountainous areas, its nest is found in rock cavities and walls, usually three to five eggs. The  Blue Rock Thrush is also omnivore eating wide variety of insects and small reptiles in addition to berries and seeds.

On Doi Sanju, there are a lot of birds that need to be seen. The Blue Rock Thrush may be the least to be had because there are more beautiful and fantastic birds. I was just glad to have it from there and I would be more happy if I get it closer and clearer next time.

Doi Sanju, Chiang Mai, Thailand
February 13, 2017
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR


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