BLUE ROCK THRUSH
If seen in silhouette, or at long distance, this gorgeous thrush can escape notice surprisingly easily. But check every thrush or Starling-sized bird in likely areas, because a closer look will reveal the beautiful blue tones that give it its name. Its song, sometimes delivered in a swooping songflight, but perhaps more often from a high, rocky perch, is similar to the Blackbird’s and the Mistle Thrush’s, but with simpler, and shorter, phrases. Calls include a high ‘peep’ and a harsher ‘tchuk tchuk’. MORE INFO IN MALLORCA, LOOK FOR AT… This resident breeder lives in mountainous regions, so is best looked for at specific sites (if you want to avoid long walks or difficult climbs!). A few pairs can be found in the Boquer Valley, while the Formentor Peninsula is also a great place to look for them. The Parc Natural de Llevant, on the Arta Peninsula, is another likely spot for them. Nowhere are numbers high, but it is a relatively widespread bird, so check prominent rocky outcrops, cliffs and old buildings.
WHERE ELSE CAN I SEE IT? In warm, rocky areas throughout southern Europe – its close relative, the Rock Thrush, is much more a bird of high meadows. Resident in many areas, while in others it disperses to warmer parts in winter.
Casa at Boquer Male Blue Rock Thrush