Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-throated Solitaire (Myadestes genibarbis)


French: Solitaire siffleur German: Bartklarino Spanish: Solitario gorjirrufo

Myidestes [sic] genibarbis


, 1838,

Africa or India; error = Martinique


Races vary subtly in plumage, with sibilans the most distinctive; genetically, however, solitarius is the most distinctive#R. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. g. solitarius S. F. Baird, 1866 – Jamaica.
  • M. g. montanus Cory, 1881 – Hispaniola.
  • M. g. dominicanus Stejneger, 1882 – Dominica.
  • M. g. genibarbis Swainson, 1838 – Martinique.
  • M. g. sanctaeluciae Stejneger, 1882 – St Lucia.
  • M. g. sibilans Lawrence, 1878 – St Vincent.
  • Descriptive notes

    19–20·5 cm; 24–30 g. Nominate race has white crescent below eye, orange-flecked face, whitish chin and whitish base of submoustachial separated by dark... read more


    Song, throughout year but most commonly in May, from concealed treetop perch, a “hauntingly... read more


    Dense, moist montane forest, both pure broadleaf and broadleaf mixed with pine (Pinus),... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits and insects. Vegetable food includes pokeberry (Phytolacca rivinoides) and palo amargo fruit (Colubrina berteroana... read more


    Mar–Aug; May in Haiti, and May–Jul in E Caribbean. Cup-nest, usually placed in crevice, creeper, top of tree-fern or bromeliad... read more


    Apparently at least a partial altitudinal migrant, in cold weather moving lower in Dominican... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Jamaica EBA, Hispaniola EBA and Lesser Antilles EBA. Fairly common in Jamaica, and on Dominica, Martinique, St... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2020). Rufous-throated Solitaire (Myadestes genibarbis). 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 25 January 2020).