Blue Rock Thrush

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

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)

Location: Sentosa, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Tanah Merah, Pinnacle@Duxton and Ascentia Sky.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Monticola solitarius. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.
Wells, D. (1999). Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula. Academic Press.