Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Black Solitaire (Entomodestes coracinus)


French: Grive coracine German: Schwarzklarino Spanish: Solitario negro

Myiadestes coracinus


, 1897,

near San Pablo, Nariño, south-western Colombia




W slope of W Andes in Colombia (S from Chocó) and NW Ecuador.

Descriptive notes

23 cm. Male almost entirely black, with large white patch on lower face (submous­tachial to ear-coverts); flight­-feathers blackish, some white in carpal area; tail... read more


Song a weak yet far-carrying, high, buzzy, nasal “wreeee­eeenh”, lasting just over... read more


Wet, mossy subtropical cloudforest, foothill forest borders and tall second growth, using strata... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits, including berries smaller than 10cm, such as Miconia (e.g. M. theaezans) and Henriettella. Small numbers... read more


Jul in Colombia. Nest an open cup of fresh moss, lined with brownish rootlets, in two cases placed 3·5 m up in tree-fern (Cyathea... read more


Apparently makes altitudinal or local movements in Colombia; recorded in Valle only in May–... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Uncommon to locally fairly common in Colombia; only one locality known (in 1980s), above Junín (in W... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Black Solitaire (Entomodestes coracinus). 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 27 January 2020).