Blue Rock-thrush

Monticola solitarius

(M. s. solitarius)

Armenian Name: Կապույտ քարակեռնեխ
Blue Rock-thrush

See Plate 46 for Blue Rock-thrush and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Common
Length:20 cm, Wing Span:33-37 cm
Distribution Map: Map 253.
Description: Dark thrush with long black bill.
Adult (Breeding): Male is dark blue with darker wings and tail. Female is dull brown, sometimes with blue tint above, and pale spotted and barred underparts.
Adult (Non-breeding): Feathers have pale edges.
Juvenile: Similar to female with even more spots and bars.
Similar Species: Female differs from female Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush by larger size, large black bill, and dull brown rump and tail.
Behavior: Shy and difficult to approach. Flies out from exposed rock perch to catch insects.
Habitat: Arid rocky slopes and gorges, ruins.
Food: Invertebrates, berries.
Nest: Cup of dry grass in crevice of rock, cave, or rarely, building.
Eggs: 25 mm, 4-5, pale blue, pale brown spots or unmarked.