Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Black-faced Solitaire (Myadestes melanops)


French: Solitaire masqué German: Maskenklarino Spanish: Solitario carinegro

Myiadestes melanops


, 1865,

Tucurrique, Costa Rica


Vocally similar to M. coloratus and M. ralloides, and genetic data#R#R indicate that the three form a monophyletic group; all sometimes considered conspecific, but plumage differences argue for treatment as separate species. Monotypic.


Costa Rica and W Panama.

Descriptive notes

16–18·5 cm; 30–33 g. Plumage is slate-grey, slightly paler below, with black forehead and face, black wings with pale-edged flight-feathers, and black tail... read more


Song, by both sexes, a leisurely, drawn-out series of well-separated phrases, with ethereal quality... read more


Wet mountain forests, mainly in dense understorey of shrubs and bamboo, but frequently ascending... read more

Food and feeding

Many kinds of fruit, including berries, palm fruits, and also Witheringia solanacea; also takes insects. Plucks berries and... read more


Apr–Jun in Costa Rica. Nest is a variably sized cup of green moss and liverworts, lined with dark fibrous rootlets and stems of... read more


Sedentary and also partial seasonal altitudinal migrant in Costa Rica, many birds moving lower... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Costa Rica and Panama Highlands EBA. In Costa Rica, considered to be common in less accessible areas and... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Black-faced Solitaire (Myadestes melanops). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 January 2020).