Black-faced Solitaire Myadestes melanops

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Turdidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Joshua D. Simpson


Very little information. Few nests reported (Blake 1956, Skutch 1967). The nest is a cup made of green mosses and liverworts. It is lined with dark rootlets and the stems of mosses and liverworts. The nest is placed in a crevice or niche, such as a niche on a mossy bank or a crevice on a trunk. Nest height varies from 1-5 m above the ground (Collar 2005). Nest dimensions are 15 x 13 x 6 cm for the external dimensions, and the cup was 8.9 x 6 x 1.3 cm (Blake 1956). The clutch is two-three. Two eggs, partly incubated, measure 24 x 16.7 mm and 22.8 x 16.9 mm (Blake 1956). Eggs are pinkish white, "minutely speckled with dull chestnut except toward the larger end where they are increasingly spotted and blotched with the same" (Blake 1956).

The  incubation period is approximately 12-13 days (Skutch 1967).

Parental care:
Parents take care of nestlings on average for approximately 15-16 days (Skutch 1967).

Recommended Citation

Simpson, J. D. (2011). Black-faced Solitaire (Myadestes melanops), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.