The Blue-capped Rock-Thrush Monticola cinclorhynchus is a species of thrush that breeds in the foothills of the Himalayas and winters in the hill forests of southern India.
The male is bright blue and black on the upperparts with a prominent white wing mirror. The underside is rufous brown. The female is dark olive and appears barred on the underside.
Like other thrushes they fly up into trees and tend to freeze when disturbed.
It is a summer visitor in parts of Afghanistan and along the Himalayas from Pakistan to Arunachal Pradesh. In summer it is found in pine forests and hill slopes. In winter it is found in dense canopied forests.
Molem, Goa, India Nov 1997