Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Near Threatened

Guianan Solitaire (Cichlopsis gularis)


French: Grive du Guyana German: Orangekehlklarino Spanish: Solitario ocre guayanés

Cichlopsis gularis

Salvin and Godman

, 1882,

Merume Mountains, Guyana


Hitherto treated as conspecific with C. leucogenys, C. chubbi and C. peruviana, but differs from first in its much paler (buffy ochre vs dull chestnut) throat (2); paler brown breastband (1); milky-rufous vs olive-tinged pale grey undertail-coverts (2); higher-pitched call (above vs below 10 kHz) (2); seemingly very different song based on published description#R (at least 1). Differs from C. chubbi in its much paler (buffy ochre vs dark chestnut) throat (3); paler grey underparts (1); much paler milky-rufous vs rich chestnut undertail-coverts (2); and higher-pitched call (above vs below 10 kHz) (2)#R. Differs from C. peruviana in its slightly more rufous but narrower pale throat, being bordered by darker brown malars (2); greyish vs buffy-brown belly (2); pale milky-rufous vs chestnut undertail-coverts (2); and slightly longer bill (allow 1). Monotypic.

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Tepuis of SE Venezuela, Guyana and Suriname.

Descriptive notes

19·5–21 cm; 41–47 g. Rather featureless thrush. Adult is rufous-brown above, olive-tinged on breast and on throat-sides, with central chin to throat diffuse buffy orange,... read more


Song, apparently very seasonal (mainly during wet), and mainly early in morning, a series of... read more


Inhabits humid and wet mossy forest and dense second growth on slopes of tepuis, mainly at 900–1450... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit (observed visiting a fruiting Ficus in Suriname); presumably some invertebrates. Alternates periods of quiet perching with... read more


Nest in late Feb in SE Venezuela, sited c. 3 m above ground on a large limb near trunk of tree, constructed of thin rootlets and covered... read more


Suspected in Venezuela, where occasional relative abundance suggests short-distance seasonal or... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Population size unknown, but believed to be declining. Overall extent of occurrence estimated at 195,000 km².... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Guianan Solitaire (Cichlopsis gularis). 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 17 February 2020).