Scientific Name: Monticola solitarius
Malay Name: Tarum Biasa
Chinese Name: 蓝矶鸫
Range: Found from southern Europe to Northwest Africa, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, China, Japan and Southeast Asia.
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: solitarius, longirostris, pandoo, philippensis, madoci.
Local Subspecies: philippensis, pandoo
Size: 21-23 cm
Identification: 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)
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Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
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 1 January 2023
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Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Blue Rock Thrush. Retrieved on November 25, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/blue-rock-thrush.