French: Monticole de roche German: Steinrötel Spanish: Roquero rojo
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Mountains from S & C Europe and NW Africa E to SW & C Asia (E to L Baikal, Inner Mongolia and C China); winters in sub-Saharan Africa.
16–19 cm; 40–65 g. Male has bright blue (slightly grey-tinged) head, upper mantle and throat, with ragged-edged white back patch, brownish-grey wings, rump and... read more
Song (by both sexes, mainly male) a measured series of varied phrases lasting 1·5–4... read more
Breeds on wild rocky mountainsides and high hills with scattered shrubs and sporadic grass cover,... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, mainly insects; also some fruit and berries. In Europe, beetles of at least seven families, grasshoppers and caterpillars... read more
Apr–Jun in NW Africa, May–Jun in Europe and end Apr to mid-Jul in Israel; May–Jun in Afghanistan and Pakistan; May to... read more
Wholly migratory, unless some NW African breeders remain in area (e.g. on Tangier Peninsula);... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total population in Europe in mid-1990s estimated at 32,362–44,924 pairs (highest numbers in Greece and Italy), with additional... read more
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