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Benson's Rock-Thrush

(monticola bensoni)
There are differing views as to whether this bird is a full species (monticola bensoni) or whether it is a sub-species of Forest Rock-Thrush (monticola sharpei bensoni) or maybe indeed conspecific with the Forest Rock-Thrush (monicola sharpei). Recent DNA studies tend to suggest that it is conspecific with Forest Rock-Thrush but phyically it appears slightly darker and has reputedly a differing song. If it is a different species then it can be considered as the western form of Forest Rock-Thrush favouring more open rocky areas.
Benson's Rock-Thrush, Tsingy de Bemaraha, Madagascar
Benson's Rock-Thrush, Tsingy de Bemaraha, Madagascar
Benson's Rock-Thrush (female), Isalo, Madagascar
Benson's Rock-Thrush (female), Isalo, Madagascar
Benson's Rock-Thrush, Isalo, Madagascar
Benson's Rock-Thrush, Isalo, Madagascar
Benson's Rock-Thrush, Isalo, Madagascar
Benson's Rock-Thrush, Isalo, Madagascar