Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Slate-colored Solitaire (Myadestes unicolor)


French: Solitaire ardoisé German: Schieferklarino Spanish: Solitario unicolor

Myiadestes unicolor

P. L. Sclater

, 1857,

Córdoba, Veracruz, Mexico


Sister to M. occidentalis (which see). Proposed races pallens (Nicaragua) and veraepacis (highlands of Guatemala and N Honduras) appear indistinguishable in long series. Treated as monotypic.


S Mexico (from SE San Luis Potosí and Hidalgo) S to Guatemala, WC Belize, Honduras, N El Salvador and NW Nicaragua.

Descriptive notes

19–20·5 cm; 30–44 g. Plumage is dark slaty grey above, slightly paler below, with blacker primary coverts, buff-edged black flight-feathers, whitish-grey... read more


Song ethereal, haunting, characteristic sound of local cloudforest; often starts hesitantly with a... read more


Humid evergreen and Pinus-evergreen forest, and cloudforest-like (rich in lichens and... read more

Food and feeding

No information.


Apr in Mexico (Oaxaca). Nest typically made of moss, placed on ground amid forest debris on side of ravine. Eggs 2–3, whitish with... read more


Some post-breeding descent to near sea-level in S Veracruz (Sierra de los Tuxtlas), in Mexico, and... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Common resident of cloudforest throughout Honduras. Populations in E Mexico have been reduced, and possibly extirpated,... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Slate-colored Solitaire (Myadestes unicolor). 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 27 February 2020).