Family Thrushes (Turdidae)

Least Concern

White-eared Solitaire (Entomodestes leucotis)


French: Grive oreillarde German: Weißohrklarino Spanish: Solitario orejiblanco

Ptilogonys leucotis


, 1844,





E slope of Andes from N Peru S to C Bolivia (Santa Cruz).

Descriptive notes

22–24 cm; 58 g. Male has large white patch on lower face (submous­tachial to ear-coverts) separating black of head from black of underside; nape to uppertail-... read more


Song, from concealed perch, a strange, very high-pitched, ringing, almost nasal “wreeeeeeenh... read more


Middle strata of humid premontane and montane forest and cloudforest, and forest borders; 900... read more

Food and feeding

Berries and other fruits, also seeds and insects. Forages in trees. Sometimes in loose groups; also joins mixed flocks.


Fledglings in Oct in Bolivia and Nov in Peru. No other information.


Sedentary, so far as is known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common, at least locally, in suitable habitat over much of range. Probably greatly under-recorded owing to highly unobtrusive behaviour;... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). White-eared Solitaire (Entomodestes leucotis). 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 17 February 2020).