Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

Varied Solitaire (Myadestes coloratus)


French: Solitaire varié German: Buntklarino Spanish: Solitario variado

Myadestes coloratus


, 1912,

Mount Pirri, near head of River Limón, eastern Panama


See M. melanops. Monotypic.


E Panama (from Serranía de Majé) and adjacent NW Colombia.

Descriptive notes

16–18 cm; 24–34 g. Has pale slate-grey head and underparts, smudgy blackish forehead, face and chin, warm brown mantle to upperwing-coverts and uppertail-coverts... read more


Song a leisurely series of drawn-out single notes or flute-like phrases with intervening pauses of... read more


Montane cloudforest in foothills and highlands, generally at 1100–1500 m; found also at c.... read more

Food and feeding

Few data. Sometimes joins tanagers (Thraupidae) and other birds in fruiting trees.


In Panama, breeding-condition bird in Apr, and full-grown juveniles and recently fledged young in late May and early Jun. No other... read more


Presumably sedentary; perhaps some elevational displacements.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Darién Highlands EBA. Generally fairly common to common throughout; in Panama, numerous on Cerro Pirre above... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Varied Solitaire (Myadestes coloratus). 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 28 January 2020).