Blue-capped rock thrush

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Blue-capped rock thrush
Monticola cinclorhynchus.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Monticola
Species: M. cinclorhyncha
Binomial name
Monticola cinclorhyncha
(Vigors, 1832)

Monticola cinclorhynchus

Blue Capped Rock Thrush spotted at Seminary Hills, Nagpur, India in April 2018
Blue Capped Rock Thrush at Seminary Hills, Nagpur, India on 7th April 2018

The blue-capped rock thrush (Monticola cinclorhyncha) is a species of chat.


The male has a blue head, chin and throat. The upper parts are blue and black. The rump and underparts are chestnut brown. There is a white patch on the wing that is visible during flight. The female bird is brown with a brown and white underside.[2]

Distribution and Breeding[edit]

This thrush-like Old World flycatcher breeds in the foothills of the Himalayas and winters in the hill forests of southern India. During winter it is found throughout Pakistan, Bangladesh (passage migrant), parts of Myanmar and India, especially in the Western Ghats region.


Like thrushes, they fly up into trees and sit motionless when they are disturbed.

It is a summer visitor in parts of Afghanistan and along the Himalayas from Pakistan to Arunachal Pradesh. In summer it is found in pine forests and hill slopes. In winter it is found in dense canopied forests.

Molem, Goa, India Nov 1997



An individual at the Old Magazine House in Ganeshgudi, Dandeli
  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Monticola cinclorhyncha". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Ali, Salim (1996). The Book of Indian Birds. India: Oxford University Press. p. 284. 
  3. ^ Rasmussen, P and Anderton, J. C. (2005) Birds of South Asia. The Ripley Guide. Vols 1 and 2. Smithsonian Institution and Lynx Edicions