Black-faced Solitaire Myadestes melanops

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

Diet and Foraging


Main food taken:
The Black-faced Solitaire feeds mainly on various types of seeds and fruits including palm fruits and berries. Occasionally, insects will make-up a portion of their diet (Collar 2005). However, in the 19th century, Dr. V. Frantzius captured and kept a living specimen and fed it exclusively fruit (Phytolacca decandra). He went on to comment that "The bird would not refuse other fruits, but never touched insects of any kind" (Salvin et al.).

Food capture and consumption:
Solitaires pluck fruits and seeds while perched, or sometimes with a hovering sally (Collar 2005).

Food selection and storage:
(No studies reported)

Foraging Behavior

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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.