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Rock-Thrush: Cape

Unread postby JenB » Sat Aug 09, 2008 11:13 pm

Cape Rock-Thrush
Monticola rupestris

Habitat:
Mountainous and rocky terrain, both inland and coastal.

Habits:
Solitary or in pairs. Perches on top of a rock, when allarmed or to sing, sometimes flicks wings. Forages mostly on ground, also feeds on flowering aloes. Attracted to burned areas.

Food:
Insects, spiders, molluscs, small frogs, nectar, fruit, seeds.

Male:
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Juvenile:
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Aug 10, 2008 10:49 am

Saw them from time to time on the roof of our cottage in Betty's Bay.
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Re: Rock-Thrush: Cape

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Sep 30, 2008 7:41 am

GGNR is an excellent place for seeing this bird.
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Re: Rock-Thrush: Cape

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:14 pm

Seen these very tamed CRT at Kaapschehoop.

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Re: Rock-Thrush: Cape

Unread postby Micetta » Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:27 pm

What a beautiful little bird :dance:

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby C.Cooper » Sat Aug 29, 2009 12:10 pm

Batmad wrote:Ok i know this is a Rockn thrush but i dont know what species :hmz:


Sighted at the Mac-Mac Falls near pilgrims rest.

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Hi

I am new to the forum - and not great at my bird ids, but when i was looking through the birding forum (this thread) i came across this pic - looked just like a familiar chat to me? Am I wrong? and if I am, why? It was identified as a rock thrush so far....
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sun Aug 30, 2009 1:18 pm

C.Cooper...........I can somewhat see where the confusion may set in...Both birds have the orange tail, and overall brownish colouration. The rock-thrushes like this bird above, are much bulkier looking, and have a heavier bill. The males are also unmistakable, but the females are a bit more drab in colour. The familar chat, would have a thinner bill, and slimmer apearance, as well as less contrast between upperparts and underparts....They way they stand is also different, but hard to explain in a typed message, and will easily be seen in the field! :lol:

Heres 2 photos of a Female Cape Rock Thrush, see outside my Res here at Varsity. You should be able to see how different looking it is to the Chat.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Oct 25, 2009 1:54 pm

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Please help again! Is this a short tailed rock thrush? Seen just north of Stutterheim here in the E/Cape.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Barcud » Sun Oct 25, 2009 2:47 pm

Hello again DB,

Looking at the distribution map for Short-toed Rock-thrush, I think you are a bit too far South of their normal range.

The warm underparts and mottled back of this bird points to Cape Rock-thrush.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:55 am

Thank you Barcud!!
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:33 am

Agreed! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Rock-Thrush: Cape

Unread postby Toko » Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:12 pm

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Re: Rock-Thrush: Cape

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Wed Aug 11, 2010 5:03 pm

On the ridge above the Eagles's nest at Walter Sisulu BG where this one was quite tame....

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Re: Rock-Thrush: Cape

Unread postby Johann » Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:02 am

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Re: Rock-Thrush: Cape

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