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.
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.