Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Near Threatened

Peruvian Solitaire (Cichlopsis peruviana)


French: Grive du Pérou German: Ockerkehlklarino Spanish: Solitario peruano

Cichlopsis leucogenys peruvianus


, 1930,

Perené, Junín, Peru


Hitherto treated as conspecific with C. leucogenys, C. gularis and C. chubbi, being closest to last of these, differing from it by its pale rufous-tinged ochre vs rich chestnut throat (3); blackish vs chestnut lores (2); pale tawny vs smoky-greyish lower breast (2); vague pale rufous pre-ocular supercilium and eyering (ns[1]); distinctly smaller bill (one male 16.9 mm, one female 17.3 vs one male chubbi 19.7, one female 19.2; at least 1), and toes and claws smaller and more delicate (ns). Differs from C. gularis in characters given under that species. Voice unknown. Monotypic.


Locally on E slope of Andes of C Peru (Huánuco, Pasco, Junín).

Descriptive notes

20·5 cm; 46·8–47·9 g. Rather featureless thrush. Adult is rufous-brown above, olive-tinged on breast and paler orange-buff throat bordered slightly darker, belly dull whitish... read more




Humid and wet, typically mossy lower montane (foothill) forest and dense second growth; records at... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit; presumably some invertebrates. Alternates periods of quiet perching with bouts of active foraging at fruiting trees and shrubs,... read more


Virtually no information; what was believed to be a family party, including two juveniles, seen in Jul.


None known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: known from very few localities, all of them within the Peruvian East Andean foothills... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Peruvian Solitaire (Cichlopsis peruviana). 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 18 June 2019).