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Amber mountain rock thrush

The Amber Mountain rock thrush (Monticola sharpei erythronotus) is a songbird in the Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae, endemic to Amber Mountain, an isolated volcanic massif at the northern tip of the island of Madagascar. It inhabits woodland, where it forages for insects and other small prey. The taxon is generally considered to be a subspecies of the forest rock thrush, but has also been regarded as a separate species. It is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as endangered because of its very limited range and the destruction of its forest habitat.

This picture shows a male Amber Mountain rock thrush photographed in Montagne d'Ambre National Park. The female is a much less conspicuous bird, with largely brown plumage.

Photograph credit: Charles J. Sharp

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