Sentinel Rock-thrush

Monticola brevipes (endemic)

This awesome, endemic rock thrush prefers alpine grassland and heathlands on hills. The male of the species is separated from its peers by its long legs and its blue-grey head colour extending onto mid-breast, back and shoulders.

I first recorded this species in May 2011 while on a game drive in Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve. This is definitely one of the best spots to see this altitudinal migrant, specifically in winter and reliably near burnt grasslands.


Sentinel Rock Thrush / Tenahead Mountain Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa / March 2018 Sentinel Rock Thrush / Tenahead Mountain Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa / March 2018 Sentinel Rock Thrush (male) / Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, South East Gauteng, South Africa / 24 May 2014 Sentinel Rock Thrush / Tenahead Mountain Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa / March 2018 Sentinel Rock Thrush / Tenahead Mountain Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa / March 2018 Sentinel Rock Thrush / Tenahead Mountain Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa / March 2018 Sentinel Rock Thrush / Tenahead Mountain Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa / March 2018 Sentinel Rock Thrush / Tenahead Mountain Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa / March 2018 Sentinel Rock-thrush (female) / Sani-Pass, South-Africa / 15 April 2015 Sentinel Rock Thrush (female) / Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, South East Gauteng, South Africa / 24 May 2014 Sentinel Rock Thrush / Tenahead Mountain Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa / March 2018 Sentinel Rock Thrush / Tenahead Mountain Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa / March 2018 Sentinel Rock Thrush / Tenahead Mountain Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa / March 2018 Sentinel Rock-thrush – male / Eendracht, Suikerbosrand, South Africa / 29 July 2012 Sentinel Rock-thrush – male / Eendracht, Suikerbosrand, South Africa / 29 July 2012 Sentinel Rock Thrush / Tenahead Mountain Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa / March 2018 Tenahead-3-323 Sentinel Rock Thrush / Tenahead Mountain Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa / March 2018 Sentinel Rock Thrush (female) / Sani Pass, South Africa / December 2015 Sentinel Rock Thrush / Tenahead Mountain Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa / March 2018 Sentinel Rock Thrush / Tenahead Mountain Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa / March 2018 Sentinel Rock Thrush (male) / Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, South East Gauteng, South Africa / 24 May 2014 Sentinel Rock Thrush (male) / Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, South East Gauteng, South Africa / 24 May 2014 Sentinel Rock-thrush – female / Eendracht, Suikerbosrand, South Africa / 12 August 2011 Sentinel Rock-thrush – male / Eendracht, Suikerbosrand, South Africa / 29 July 2012 Sentinel Rock-thrush – male / Eendracht, Suikerbosrand, South Africa / 29 July 2012 Sentinel Rock-thrush – female / Eendracht, Suikerbosrand, South Africa / 29 July 2012 Sentinel Rock-thrush (male) / Sani-Pass, South-Africa / 15 April 2015
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