Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

White-throated Rock-thrush (Monticola gularis)


French: Monticole à gorge blanche German: Amurrötel Spanish: Roquero gorjiblanco

Oroecetes gularis


, 1863,

Peking, China


Previously considered conspecific with M. cinclorhyncha. Monotypic.


SE Russia (E from L Baikal) S to NE China (S to Hebei, also S Shanxi) and N Korea; non-breeding SE Asia and S & SE China.

Descriptive notes

16–19 cm; 32–37 g. Male like male M. cinclorhyncha, but mid-chin and centre of throat white, rest of underparts richer chestnut-orange, shading paler... read more


Song a series of melancholy, flute-like, drawn-out rising whistles, interspersed with more complex... read more


Breeds in open mixed montane forest, including pure larch and occasional spruce, alder, birch and... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates taken all year. Stomachs from China held insects, mainly beetles (including weevils), mole-crickets and lepidopterans, and a... read more


May–Jul; two broods. Nest a bulky cup of dry leaves, twigs, lichen, moss and rootlets, with outer layer of pine needles and stems,... read more


Migratory; present on breeding grounds May–Sept, wintering mainly in S China, also from E... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common breeder in China, rare in N Korea.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). White-throated Rock-thrush (Monticola gularis). 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 9 December 2019).