Common Rock Thrush
(Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush)

Myrmecocichla aethiops

Common Rock Thrush, Monticola saxatilis, photo © by Michael Plagens.

Photographed at Maasai Mara, Rift Valley, Kenya, 21 October 2016.

From Wikipedia:
This is a medium-sized but stocky thrush 17–20 cm in length. The summer male is unmistakable, with a blue-grey head, orange underparts and outer tail feathers, dark brown wings and white back. Females and immatures are much less striking, with dark brown scaly upperparts, and paler brown scaly underparts. The outer tail feathers are reddish, like the male.

Muscicapidae -- Old World Flycatcher Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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