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Birding Málaga


Common name Blue rock thrush
Scientific name Monticola solitarius
Type Cliff-nesting birds
Status Resident

Bird of medium to small size (about 23 cm or 9 in), similar to that of a blackbird, easy to recognize. The males show a very dark metallic blue plumage, both on the upperparts and on the underparts, while that of the female is grey-brown in the upperparts and lighter and mottled in the underparts.


Rocky environments

Where it lives

Rupicolous species. It prefers rock fields in sunny, dry and warm areas, from sea level. Present in medium mountain hills, coastal cliffs and human constructions.

How it lives

The Blue Rock Thrush is a resident bird all year round in the province. It starts breeding in April. A single laying of 4 to 5 eggs. Nest in cracks of slopes or rocks. Insectivore that complements its autumn-winter diet with fleshy fruits.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

Frequent and easy to see species in many stages of the Great Path, especially in the rocky environment ones, but also in those in rural environments. For example, it can be watched in stages 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 31, 33 and 35.

Curious facts

Thrushes are known in Malaga simply as "loners" for their individual habits. It is rare to see the couple together and much more often to observe the male perched upright and alone in some elevated position.

Wintering Summer Resident Migration