Bird: Monticola saxatilis ( Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush - πυρροκότσυφας)

 Bird: Monticola saxatilis ( Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush - πυρροκότσυφας)



Akrotiri - April 2012
The common rock thrush (Monticola saxatilis), formerly rufous-tailed rock thrush or rock thrush, is a chat belonging to the Muscicapidae family. It was formerly placed in the Turdidae family.
It breeds in southern Europe across central Asia to northern China. This species is strongly migratory, all populations wintering in Africa south of the Sahara. It is an uncommon visitor to northern Europe. Its range has contracted somewhat at the periphery in recent decades due to habitat destruction.
This is a medium-sized but stocky thrush 17–20 cm in length. The summer male is unmistakable, with a blue-grey head, orange underparts and outer tail feathers, dark brown wings and white back. Females and immatures are much less striking, with dark brown scaly upperparts, and paler brown scaly underparts. The outer tail feathers are reddish, like the male.Wikipedia