Monticola saxatilis Linnaeus, 1776.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Rufous-tailed rock thrush, European rock-thrush; French: Merle de roche; German: Steinrцtel; Spanish: Roquero Rojo.
7.3 in (18.5 cm); male 1.4–2.3 oz (40–65 g); female 1.5–2.3 oz (42–65 g). Gray head, upperparts, and throat with dull orange breast to undertail. Grayish bill and legs.
Locally from Iberia and Morocco, eastwards through southern Europe, Turkey, and Iran to central Asia; winters in Africa.
Sunny, dry, stony, or rocky slopes, upland meadows, and pastures with scattered bushes, barren stony hillsides; winters in wooded savanna.
Pairs or family groups, mostly terrestrial or perching on low trees or bushes; hops over ground, stands upright like a wheatear, wags tail; mostly shy and solitary.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Large insects, also centipedes, millipedes, spiders, small lizards, snails, and some fruits.
Monogamous, territorial; breeds from April onwards; nest in crevice in rock face or wall, under boulder; four to five eggs incubated only by female for 14–15 days; young fly after 14–16 days.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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