Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Special birds: Rock Thrush

Rock Thrush (aka Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush)Monticola saxatilis as the names suggest, is a bird of rocky places. They often occur at higher elevations, but not always. They are also birds of southern Europe, not often breeding further north than Slovakia or Hungary where they are also uncommon. In Dalmatia, Romania and Bulgaria they are more common. Males are strikingly beautiful, especially when they engage in their display flight and their orange body, blue head and white rump all show very well. This photo was taken by Szabolcs Kokay.

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