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Cape Rock-Thrush

Monticola rupestris


This is a large stocky rock thrush 19–21 cm in length . The summer male has a blue-grey head, orange underparts and outer tail feathers, and brown wings and back. Females have a brown head, but their underparts are a much richer orange than those of other female rock thrushes. The outer tail feathers are reddish, like the male's. Immatures are like the female, but the upperparts have buff spots and the underparts show black scaling.


In Tree near urban area.


The male Cape Rock Thrush has a whistled song tsee-tsee-tseet-chee-chweeeoo, and occasionally mimics other birds.

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Jared Hersch
Spotted by
Jared Hersch

Prince Albert Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on May 15, 2013
Submitted on Sep 15, 2013

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