Blue Rock Thrush

      Monticola solitarius

      Information

      The male of the Blue Rock Thrush looks like a blue Blackbird. It delivers its fluting song even during its aerial song display, whereby it takes off from an exposed vantage point with a fanned tail to soar for a while on up winds. The Blue Rock Thrush radiates a touch of Mediterranean atmosphere especially in the canton of Ticino. In the Mediterranean region, it sometimes breeds in close proximity to humans in ruins, towers or buildings.

      Voice

      Status (in CH)
      regular, local breeder and migrant, extremely rare winter visitor
      Annual cycle
      The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
      Annual cycle
      Annual cycle

      Facts

      Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
      15 - 25 (2013-2016)
      Migration behaviour
      predominantly short-distance migrant
      Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
      Nocturnal migrant
      Length (cm)
      21-23
      wing span (cm)
      33-37
      Weight (g)
      37-54
      Nest site
      crevices
      Food
      insects, spiders, reptiles
      Group
      Chats and Thrushes
      Habitat
      quarries, rocky terrain
      Distribution
      Distribution
      Distribution