Black-faced Solitaire Myadestes melanops

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Vocal array:The typical song, given by both sexes, consists of well separated phrases of thin clear whistles and transitions (fluty sounds), which is transcribed as "teedleeleé ... tleedleeé ... lee-dah ... lee-doo" (Ridgely and Gwynne 1989) or "teedleedléé… teedlééé… lee-dah… lee-doo" (Collar 2005). Other calls include an upslurred nasal "ghank" (Stiles and Skutch 1989), a liquid "quirt" (Stiles and Skutch 1989), a throaty "rraou" (Collar 2005), and, in alarm, a buzzy "schwee" (Stiles and Skutch 1989, Collar 2005).

Geographic variation: Variation has not been studied extensively.

Phenology: In Costa Rica, song is frequent in March-April, but declines dramatically in May; there is little song through September, but the frequency of singing increases again in October. The incidence of singing then declines again until March (Skutch 1967).

Daily pattern: Daily patterns of singing have not been studied extensively.

Places of vocalizing: The Black-faced Solitaire usually sings from a concealed perch in the canopy (Skutch 1967, Collar 2005).

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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.