Family Thrushes (Turdidae)


Rufous-brown Solitaire (Cichlopsis leucogenys)


French: Grive roux-brun German: Rostrückenklarino Spanish: Solitario ocre brasileño

C[ichlopsis]. leucogenys


, 1851,



Hitherto treated as conspecific with C. peruviana, C. gularis and C. chubbi; for differences, see last two species. Monotypic.


E Brazil (Bahia, Espírito Santo).

Descriptive notes

20–21 cm; 61 g. Rather featureless thrush. Adult is rufous-brown all over, shading buffier on breast and then paler and greyer on belly, with dull buff vent and whitish... read more


Song described as ‘a penetrating, unmelodious chirping, relatively homogenous and continuous... read more


Humid and wet forest and dense second growth; mainly at 750–850 m.

Food and feeding

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


An open-cup nest sited well above ground in fork of branch; Sept 1977, but no details ever published. No other information.


None known.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: confined to a small area of the Atlantic forest mountains EBA. Extent of occurrence estimated at just 124,000 km² and its declining... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Rufous-brown Solitaire (Cichlopsis leucogenys). 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 26 February 2020).