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Myadestes elisabeth

Cuban Solitaire

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Turdidae


Myadestes elisabeth

Pinar del Rio, Cuba; 2 March 2011 © Dave Irving

A strict Cuban endemic, the Cuban Solitaire ‘makes up’ for its drab, unassuming, generally olivaceous brown plumage by its remarkable voice, and it is usually considered the most accomplished songster in the country. On the main island of Cuba, the species is exclusively restricted to the mountains of the far west and the extreme east, where it favors semi-deciduous woodlands and pine forests, often in close proximity to limestone cliff-faces, which the males make ample use of, to improve and amplify their songs’ rather harsh harmonics. The Cuban Solitaire was formerly also found on the Isle of Youth, where it was represented by a relatively poorly marked separate subspecies, but it is now considered to be extinct there. This solitaire is known to breed in May to July at least, when it constructs a cup nest either in the crevice on a cliff-face or in a tree-cavity, and the species lays three eggs.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Cuban Solitaire (Myadestes elisabeth), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

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