BLUE ROCK THRUSH (Monticola solitarius)
The photos below were taken on Sakurajima, a volcanic peninsula (formerly an island) off Kagoshima, on the south west side of Kyushu Island. This region has a sub-tropical climate. The blue rock thrush is considered as a ‘chat’, part of the category of the Old World flycatchers. The bird is about 9 inches long, and has bright blue plumage with a dark orange underside. It is omnivorous, and nests in rock cavities in mountainous areas, which is precisely the type of environment where the bird below was photographed and filmed.