Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Blue-capped Rock-thrush (Monticola cinclorhyncha)


French: Monticole à croupion roux German: Blaukopfrötel Spanish: Roquero capiazul

Petrocincla cinclorhyncha


, 1831,

#R, Simla, Himalayas, India


Previously considered conspecific with M. gularis. Monotypic.


E Afghanistan (Hariab Valley and Safed Koh), and W & C Himalayas E to W Arunachal Pradesh; non-breeding S India (mainly in Western Ghats, but also E of Madhya Pradesh).

Descriptive notes

16–19 cm; 29–41 g. Male has bright mid-blue crown and throat divided by black patch from lores through ear-coverts, black mantle and blue-fringed wings, with mid-... read more


Song, by male from open treetop, occasionally in display-flight, recalls that of Saxicola... read more


Breeds in open dry oak and pine forest (notably with dense undergrowth), including stands of ... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, snails, worms, small lizards and frogs, berries, seeds. One pair seen to bring skinks (Scincella himalayana) to nestlings... read more


Apr–Aug, mainly May–Jun, throughout range; probably double-brooded (recently fledged young seen end Aug), but no firm evidence... read more


Migratory; present Apr–Oct in breeding areas. Non-breeding range in S India, mainly in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Very common in N Pakistan, and common generally in Himalayas.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Blue-capped Rock-thrush (Monticola cinclorhyncha). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 28 February 2020).