Scientific Name: Monticola solitarius
Malay Name: Tarum Biasa
Chinese Name: 蓝矶鸫
Found from southern Europe to Northwest Africa, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, China, Japan and Southeast Asia.
Polytypic. Subspecies are: solitarius, longirostris, pandoo, philippensis, madoci.
Local Subspecies: philippensis, pandoo
Size: 21-23 cm
Non-breeding male has dull greyish-blue plumage with blackish and white bars/scales and distinctive chestnut lower breast to vent while breeding male is bluer overall and lacks bars/scales. Female and juvenile resemble male but lack the chestnut plumage.
Habitat: Forest and mostly in urban areas.
Behaviour/Ecology: Attracted to gardens located in high-rise buildings.
Local Status: Rare migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Past accepted records in our database: (not a complete listing)
BirdLife International. (2016). Monticola solitarius. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22708286A87933903.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Wells, D. R. (1999). The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula (Vol. 1). Academic Press, London.