Top Left: Male Blue Rock Thrush (subspecies M. s. philippensis) at Kamakura, Japan - November 2014
Top Right: Female Blue Rock Thrush (subspecies M. s. philippensis) at Kamakura, Japan - November 2014
Bottom: Male Blue Rock Thrush (subspecies M. s. solitarius) at Monfrague National Park, Spain - April 2016
Local Name (Japan): Iso-hiyo-dori (イソヒヨドリ) - "Rocky-shore Bulbul"
Featured Subspecies: Monticola solitarius philippensis
Despite the name "Thrush" and the distinctively Thrush like shape, it is actually a member of the old world flycatchers like the robins and redstarts. It is broadly distributed across the Old World and resident across its range, found in a range which extends from Southern Europe to North Africa and across to East Asia. They generally live in mountainous areas where they make their nests in rocky crevices. I found this species while following the craggy coast of Kamakura round to a viewpoint for Mount Fuji - a male and two females were living in a short stretch between rocky cliffs and the sea, often alighting on overhead wires.
Subspecies: M. s. solitarius, M. s. longirostris, M. s. pandoo, M. s. philippensis, M. s. madoci
- Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - Locally common resident
- TOKYO/HOKKAIDO 2014 TRIP: Two males and one female seen on the outskirts of Kamakura
SPAIN - Locally common resident- MADRID 2015 TRIP: Several seen at Patones
- MADRID 2016 TRIP: Two males seen at Monfrague
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List