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Title: Il-Merill
Authors: Sultana, Joe
Keywords: Birds -- Malta
Songbirds -- Malta
Blue rock thrush -- Malta
Malta Ornithological Society
Blue rock thrush -- On postage stamps
Issue Date: 1978
Publisher: Midsea Books Ltd.
Citation: Sultana, J. (1978). Il-Merill. Heritage : an Encyclopedia of Maltese Culture and Civilization, 2(20), 381-383.
Abstract: They are of a pale bluish colour varying in the amount of fine reddish spots which are occasionally lacking. They are chiefly incubated by the female for about fifteen days while the male patrols the surrounding area uttering wailing calls at one's approach. Both parents feed the young regularly during the day making sure no one is close by before entering the nest-hole. Their food consists mainly of grasshoppers, worms, beetles and small lizards. After about another fortnight the young birds leave the nest but hang around for some more days during which they are still fed by the parents urged by their hungry calls. When they learn to fend for themselves the parents chase them away.
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