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Miombo Rock-Thrush | Monticola angolensis

The Miombo Rock-Thrush is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Muscicapidae bird family group which includes birds such as Thrushes, Robins, Chats, Old World Flycatchers.

The description for the Miombo Rock-Thrush (Latin name Monticola angolensis) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Monticola angolensis can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 584 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 900. You will find a picture of the Miombo Rock-Thrush on page 929.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Miombo Rock-Thrush between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Miombo Rock-Thrush has a height of 18 cms and weighs around 45 gms. The head is coloured blue, grey while the bill is coloured black. The Monticola angolensis has a grey coloured throat, black legs and a blue, grey coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Monticola angolensis has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is blue, grey

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are black

Throat is grey

Back is blue, grey

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Miombo Rock-Thrush is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 to 4 eggs and they are coloured pink.

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foligae.

The Miombo Rock-Thrush is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Miombo Rock-Thrush is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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