Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush Monticola saxatilis
(aka Common Rock Thrush)
Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Bogol-Manyo Road, Ethiopia, January 2016 - click for larger image

January 2016

The Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush breeds from southern and central Europe through the Middle East to central Asia and Mongolia. All populations winter in sub-Saharan Africa. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It breeds on rocky mountain sides but wintering habitat is much more varied and less specific.

Photo 1 shows a male in non-breeding plumage while photo 2 shows a female.

In its winter quarters it does not sing or call.

Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Melka Gebdu Track, Ethiopia, January 2016 - click for larger image
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