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Myadestes melanops

Black-faced Solitaire

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Turdidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Simpson, Joshua D

Myadestes melanops

Los Quetzalos, Panama; 7 April 2010 © Peter Lindberg

The Black-faced Solitaire (Myadestes melanops) is a non-threatened passerine found in Costa Rica and Panama. It typically nests and forages in dense montane habitats at elevations between 750-3000 m. Breeding occurs from April to June. Outside of the breeding season, some Black-faced Solitaire’s migrate downslope to elevations as low as 100 m, where they often forage gregariously in large flocks. The Black-faced Solitaire feeds on fruit, including palm fruits and a variety of berries, as well as seeds and sometimes insects. Populations are very stable in protected areas, but eleswhere populations are in decline due to trapping for the cagebird trade and deforestation.

Recommended Citation

Simpson, Joshua D. 2011. Black-faced Solitaire (Myadestes melanops), 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.

  • Migration/Movement:Elevational Migrant
  • Primary Habitat:Montane evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Midstory/Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Reach
  • Diet:Fruit
  • Sociality:Solitary/Pairs
  • Mating System:
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 2 - 3
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern