Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Cape Rock-thrush (Monticola rupestris)


Taxonomy

French: Monticole rocar German: Klippenrötel Spanish: Roquero de El Cabo
Taxonomy:

Turdus rupestris

Vieillot

, 1818,

Table Mountain, near Cape Town, South Africa

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. Occurrence in extreme SW Mozambique uncertain#R.

Descriptive notes

21–22 cm; 60–64 g. Male has head and throat grey-blue, clear-cut against dull orange-brown underparts, orange continuing on to rump and outer tail and as narrow... read more

Voice

Song, by both sexes, a short series of short phrases (2–5 seconds long, with intervals of 1... read more

Habitat

Relatively mesic mountainous terrain, mainly rocky mountain slopes, screes, cliffs, gorges,... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, molluscs, small frogs, fruits (including olives), seeds and nectar. Stomachs of six birds from... read more

Breeding

Sept–Feb, earliest peak (Sept–Nov) in W, in South Africa; sometimes double-brooded. Nest bulky, made of coarse grass on... read more

Movements

Mainly sedentary; some local altitudinal movements from supalpine zone of Lesotho and Drakensberg... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common from Cape Town E to Swaziland and N Northern Province of South Africa. Uncommon E of 31º E and in Lesotho, where some habitat may have... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). Cape Rock-thrush (Monticola rupestris). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58406 on 18 September 2019).