Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush

Monticola saxatilis

Armenian Name: Խայտաբղետ քարակեռնեխ
Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush

See Plate 46 for Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:18.5 cm, Wing Span:33-37 cm
Distribution Map: Map 252.
Description: Bright color pattern and short brown-orange tail.
Adult (Breeding): Male has pale gray-blue head and upperparts with white back patch and blackish-brown wings; orange underparts and rump. Female is gray-brown above with pale spots and dark bars; pale orange below with numerous dark bars.
Adult (Non-breeding): Retains breeding colors, but male pattern broken up with dark and pale bars over entire plumage.
Juvenile: Similar to adult female but duller and more spotted and barred.
Behavior: Males perform display-flights over nesting territory. Cautious and often difficult to approach.
Habitat: Rocky mountains, scrubby river gorges.
Food: Invertebrates, berries.
Nest: Cup of dry grass in rock cavity or on cliff ledge.
Eggs: 26 mm, 4-5, greenish blue.