Amber Mountain rock thrush

Monticola sharpei erythronotus

The Amber Mountain rock thrush is a songbird in the family Muscicapidae, formerly placed in the Turdidae together with the other chats. It is now usually considered a subspecies of the forest rock thrush.
Amber Mountain Rock Thrush (male), Amber Mountain, Madagascar Amber Mountain as a National Park was a bit of a letdown due to the weird paths, traffic and safety issues as explained here:
http://www.jungledragon.com/image/36873/amber_mountain_np_madagascar.html

That said, we had two days planned in the park, and tried to make the best of it. Day one already rewarded us with some locally endemic chameleon species. On day two, one of our main goals was to see the top bird in the park, the Amber Mountain Rock Thrush. 

Fortunately, it was around the very first corner we did on this hike. We're thinking it was dumb luck, as we did not see it anymore during the whole two days. And even better, we also saw the female nearby:


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Appearance

This is a small forest-dwelling thrush. Males have blue hoods, chestnut upperparts, bright orange tail with brown central feathers and orange underparts. Females are mostly brown with an orange wash on the underparts and lack the blue hood. Males are distinguished from other rock-thrushes by the dark rufous back, while the females have bright orange tails and lack white streaking on the breast.
Amber Mountain Rock Thrush (female), Amber Mountain, Madagascar The male:
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Distribution

It is endemic to Madagascar. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.

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Status: Endangered
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderPasseriformes
FamilyMuscicapidae
GenusMonticola
SpeciesM. sharpei
Photographed in
Madagascar