Monticola cinclorhynchus-Blue capped Rockthrush in GHNP (click to enlarge)

Monticola cinclorhynchus-Blue capped Rockthrush in GHNP (click to enlarge)

Monticola cinclorhynchus-Blue capped Rockthrush in GHNP (click to enlarge)

Monticola cinclorhynchus-Blue capped Rockthrush in GHNP (click to enlarge)

 

Common name Blue-capped Rock Thrush
Scientific name Monticola cinclorhynchus
Family Muscicapidae
Description It is 17 cm. An elegant Himalayan bird, common at an altitude of 1300– 2200 m. It prefers open forest, rocky grassy slopes. The male has a white wing patch and blue-black tail; blue crown and throat and orange underparts, obscured by pale fringes in non-breeding and first winter plumages. The female has uniform olive- brown upperparts; lacks buff neck patch of chestnut –bellied and orange red tail of Rufous-tailed. It is a summer visitor to the Himalayas and spent summer in open dry forest while its winters are spent in moist forest and well-wooded areas.