Russian: Стенолаз (Краснокрылый стенолаз)
French: Tichodrome echelette
Mongolian: Хэрмийн бялзуухай
Japanese: カベバシリ (Kabe-bashiri)
Breeds in rocky terrain, on sheer cliff faces with some vegetation and
nearby water, at 1000-3000 m altitude. Lives in inaccessible sites, is hard to
see. Found at lower levels in winter, sometimes on buildings and in quarries;
then not too shy. Food insects. Nests in cliff crevice.
The Hoopoe of the rock face! When creeping over a cliff wall it can, with its
grey and black colours (breed-red of wing only glimpsed), elude observation,
but when shifting position the broad, rounded wings are spread, gaudily marked
with red, black and white above. Flight fluttering and jerky, with brief
- ♂ summer: Throat and breast all black. Much red on wing.
- ♀ summer:
Throat greyish-white smaller grey-black central patch. Less red on wing. Winter:
Throat /breast pale greyish-white.