Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-bellied Rock-thrush (Monticola rufiventris)


French: Monticole à ventre marron German: Kastanienbauchrötel Spanish: Roquero ventrirrufo

Petrocincla rufiventris

Jardine and Selby

, 1833,

Simla, Himalayas, India




N Pakistan (Murree Hills) E in Himalayas to NE India (including S Assam hills), Myanmar, SW & SE China (S from S Shaanxi and Zhejiang), NW Thailand (Doi Inthanon) and N Indochina; non-breeding S to N Thailand.

Descriptive notes

21–23 cm; 48–61 g. Male has grey-blue crown and upperparts, with blackish lores and ear-coverts continuing onto shoulders and merging with deep bluish-black... read more


Song, by male from top of tall tree or (when often more continuous) in short flight between trees,... read more


Breeds in open moist coniferous (Abies-Juniperus) forest and oak (Quercus),... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insects, such as craneflies, and including large ones such as cicadas (which are battered on branch before swallowing); also... read more


Mar–Jul in Himalayas, Apr in Myanmar and Apr–May in SE China; apparently single-brooded. Nest a cup of moss, leaves, grass and... read more


Largely sedentary, but subject to limited vertical movements. Summer breeding visitor to Swat and... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common, e.g. in China. Locally frequent within narrow range in N Pakistan. Widely distributed in higher hills in Myanmar; uncommon... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Chestnut-bellied Rock-thrush (Monticola rufiventris). 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 17 February 2020).