Key information: The Blue Rock Thrush has a relatively large, slender body and a long beak. It can be seen around rocky areas, sitting motionless on a rock. It is mainly a migratory bird that comes to Cyprus in the winter, but there is a small population that can be found here all year round. From afar, the male looks darker than it actually is. As with most birds, the female is duller in colour.
Length: 21 – 23 cm
Habitat: Coastal areas and cliffs, mountains
When they can be seen: All year round
What they eat: Invertebrates, reptiles
In Cyprus: Can be seen at Episkopi Cliffs, Asprokremmos Dam, Pentadaktylos Mountains and Cape Greco
Status: Winter visitor, resident breeder
Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis