607. Monticola solitaria longirostris

(607) Monticola solitaria longirostris Blyth.
The Transcaspian, or Hartert’s, Blue Rock-Thrush.
Monticola solitaria transcaspica, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 173.
Monticola solitaria longirostris, ibid. vol. viii, p. 625.
This Blue Rock-Thrush only breeds within our limits in the Indo-Afghan and Baluchistan frontiers and, possibly, Gilgit. Outside our area it breeds North through Persia to Transcaspia. Whitehead says that it “breeds in the Samana and in the Kurram Valley above 5,000 feet,” and Harington took a nest, containing three pigmy eggs, on the 10th June, at about 8,000 feet, on the Khagan ridge. In his own notes the nest is described as a moss and grass cup, lined with roots and built under an overhanging bank on a rocky hill-side.
The only other nest known to have been taken within Indian limits was found by Meinertzhagen at Quetta on the 14th May, 1914, and contained four eggs. These eggs are the usual pale blue of the Blue Rock-Thrushes, quite unspotted and, in shape, long, rather narrow ovals. The texture is very fine and close, the surface having a decided gloss. They measure 28.7 x 19.0, 28.0 x 19.1, 28.2 x 18.9 and 28.1 x 19.0 mm.
Wardlaw-Ramsay found that in Afghanistan “a few pairs remained throughout the summer and doubtless were breeding ; but I did not find the nest.”

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
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607. Monticola solitaria longirostris
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Transcaspian Or Harterts Blue Rock Thrush
Monticola solitarius longirostris
Vol. 2

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