Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius   [Linnaeus, 1758]

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Order: Passeriformes Family: Turdidae
BTO Codes: , BLRTH EURING No: 11660
Number in Britain: Fewer than 20 records
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: 3 Concern, most not in Europe; Depleted
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Accidental
Subspecies: undetermined recorded in Britain (of 5 subsp. in the world)
Length: 20 cm Wingspan: 35 cm Weight: M/F: 61 g    
Scientific name from: L.: mons=mountain + -colere=to inhabit and L.: solitarius=alone (from solus=single + -arius=connected with)
World Distribution: BREEDS: s Europe, Asia, ne Africa, WINTERS: w&n Africa, s Asia
Habitat: Open rocky areas, open woodland
Diet: Mostly invertebrates, also lizards and plant material
TitBit: The first record of this bird for Britain was only uncovered when a corpse was sent to BTO HQ having been found dead near a lighthouse. It was noted the specimen "arrived safely, but had begun decay".  
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Argyll, 1985 (Hume, R.A. 1995. British Birds 88:130-132)
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 5 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: Too few records
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Argyll (1985),
   North-east England:
   North-west England:
   English Midlands:
   Eastern England:
   South-east England:
   South-west England: Cornwall (2000), Isles of Scilly (1999),
   Wales: Caernarfonshire (1987), Radnorshire (1987),

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Other Names

Gaelic: Welsh:
Danish: Blådrossel Dutch: Blauwe rotslijster
Finnish: Sinirastas French: Merle bleu
German: Blaumerle Hungarian: Kék kövirigó
Icelandic: Bláþröstungur Irish:
Italian: Passero solitario Norwegian: Blåtrost
Polish: Modrak Portuguese: Merlo-azul
Spanish: Roquero solitario Swedish: Blåtrast

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