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Monticola solitarius, Female

Monticola solitarius, Female
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Copyright: Syed Abid Hussain (Hussain58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 2 N: 901] (4745)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-09-19
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2015-10-06 10:03
Viewed: 1270
Points: 10
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It was very difficult at first to identify this species of thrush. However, after a solid effort I was able to identify it as female Blue Rock Thrush(Monticola solitarius). I was seeing it for the first time and when I spotted it on the wire. I took a number of shots and then it alighted to feed from fresh buffalo dung where it provided me with a single opportunity of taking a single shot. Please check workshop image for the markings on the breast/front. It is always a pleasure to spot or shoot a new species of bird.It has a very close resemblance to Brown Rock Chat and I did wonder about a possible relationship however when I read from Wikipedia, I was surprised to know that it is in fact a kind of a chat. So this what went in the background as regards the identification of this bird. My other guess is this that it might be either a juvenile female or even a male but the former seems somewhat right.Thanks for having a look.


The blue rock-thrush is a small and attractive bird, named for the distinctive deep blue colouration of the male, which is slightly brighter around the eyes, head and throat, and darker and browner on the wings and tail. The female is duller, most often a brownish blue-grey above, streaked buff and brown on the lower parts of the face and upper chest, with buff-brown barring on the lower breast and undertail. The juvenile is dark brown, lacking any blue tone to the plumage, and is more strongly spotted and scaled than the female. The five subspecies of the blue rock-thrush exhibit a gradual change in appearance across the speciesí range; some races are much smaller and duller, and may be paler blue-grey, while others may be darker, or show slight variation on the patterning of the underparts. The subspecies Monticola solitarius philippensis is the most different in appearance, being stronger blue above, with a rich reddish-brown breast and undertail, and indistinct buff and black narrow barring over the body .(Arkive)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-10-06 10:17]

Hello Abid,
Indeed very difficult to identify, but your ID is probably good.
Excellent photo in good sharpness and natural colours. Taken from a nice POV. Excellent timing with this turned head.

hallo Syed
very nice picture of this bird
good sharpness and lovely colours
thanks gr lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-10-06 11:59]

Hello Abid,
Wonderful shot. Good light, colour, POV and composition. Technically great too. Well done!
Regards Sigi

Ciao Abid, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-10-07 12:02]

Hi Abid,it turn the head in the best way and moment for a perfect pic. There is a special warm light inside too,excellent capture of this specie,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks for your kind words about my post.Luciano

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