Blue Rock-thrush – juveniles

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Adult male feeding juvenile.

“I observed a pair of adults Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius madoci) caring for two juveniles. I was at the location for ~3 hours watching a variety of birds and intermitted watched this pair. Some field observations:


1. Most of the time the adults split up to look after one juvenile each (brood division for post-fledging care).
2. However this was not true for all the time – I saw them once place both juveniles in a location to feed them.

Adult female (parent) with fruit.

3. On one occasion I saw the adult female, after having fed the juvenile in her care, take a prey and fly 150-200 meters away presumably to feed the other juvenile.
4. Prey offered to juveniles was predominate animal prey (worms, insects) but I also saw adults collect Pipturus argenteus fruit (Native or Australian Mulberry).

Adult male (parent).

5. Feeding might happen on the ground, in trees or ~50 meters up on the limestone outcropping.
6. I did not hear adults make any contact calls when feeding separate juveniles.


Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
3rd July 2018

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Limestone outcroppings at outskirts of the city with secondary growth

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