Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Miombo Rock-thrush (Monticola angolensis)


French: Monticole angolais German: Miomborötel Spanish: Roquero angoleño

Monticola angolensis


, 1888,

Caconda, Benguela, Angola


Parapatric with M. brevipes. Geographical variation possibly mainly clinal, plumage becoming paler from E & N to S, and races intergrading; species perhaps better treated as monotypic. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. a. angolensis Sousa, 1888 – Angola and S DRCongo E to N, S & SW Tanzania and Rwanda and S to N Zambia.
  • M. a. hylophilus Clancey, 1965 – S Zambia, W Malawi, W Mozambique, NE Botswana and Zimbabwe.
  • Descriptive notes

    18 cm; 44 g. Male nominate race is pale blue-grey on head, throat, mantle and back, with very variable amounts of blackish streaking and mottling from mid-crown backwards (... read more


    Song a series of short, measured, slightly differing, sweet whistled phrases 2 seconds long, with 2... read more


    Miombo (Brachystegia), Uapaca and mutemwa or gusu (Baikiaea) woodland in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Ants, termites, beetles, crickets, moths, spiders, centipedes and small worm-lizards (Amphisbaenidae). Stomach of one bird held two slow-... read more


    Sept and breeding-condition birds Aug and Oct in Angola; Jul–Oct in DRCongo; Sept–Oct and Dec in Zambia; Sept–Dec in... read more


    No clear evidence of seasonal movements, but in Tanzania reported as locally numerous at Songea Mar... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Extremely common in S savannas of Itombwe region, in E DRCongo; fairly common in SW Tanzania; locally common throughout C plateau in Angola; fairly... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2019). Miombo Rock-thrush (Monticola angolensis). 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 6 December 2019).