Little rock thrush

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Little rock thrush
Monticola rufocinereus.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Monticola
Species: M. rufocinereus
Binomial name
Monticola rufocinereus
(Rüppell, 1837)

The little rock thrush (Monticola rufocinereus) is a passerine bird in the family Muscicapidae. It is found in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Yemen.[1] It is found in rocky areas with some trees, and sometimes near settlements.[2][3] At 15 to 16 centimetres (5.9 to 6.3 in) this is the smallest of the rock thrushes. The male has the head, throat and upper mantle blue-grey, the underparts orange-red, except for the centre blackish centre tail and tips which form an inverted T shape. The female is duller and paler.[2] It is readily mistaken for a redstart because of its habit of trembling its tail.[3]

Little rock thrush in the gorge at Debre Berhan, Ethiopia


Works cited[edit]

  • Sinclair, Ian; Ryan, Peter (2003). Birds of Africa south of the Sahara. Cape Town: Struik. 
  • Stevenson, Terry; Fanshawe, John (2002). A Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa.