Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Near Threatened

Cuban Solitaire (Myadestes elisabeth)


French: Solitaire de Cuba German: Kubaklarino Spanish: Solitario cubano

Muscicapa elisabeth


, 1850,



Race †retrusus extinct. One extant subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. e. elisabeth (Lembeye, 1850) – W & E Cuba.
  • M. e. retrusus Bangs & Zappey, 1905 – I of Pines.
  • Descriptive notes

    19–20·5 cm; 21·5–33 g. Nominate race has narrow whitish eyering, dull whitish lores and broad submoustachial area, dark brown malar line; rest of... read more


    Song loud, ringing, flute-like and melodious, ventriloquial and far-carrying, “like rubbing a... read more


    Dense humid hill and montane semi-deciduous and pine (Pinus) forest; mainly in canopy;... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects and fruit, including ripe palm nuts. Forages by sallying from perch to catch flying prey, to glean insects from leaves, and to... read more


    Feb–Jul. Nest a cup of fine fibres, rootlets and hair, covered with moss, lichen and plant down, placed in moist rock crevice or tree... read more


    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Cuba EBA. Common but rather local; in W Cuba found only in Sierra de los... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Cuban Solitaire (Myadestes elisabeth). 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 23 January 2020).