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Brown-backed Solitaire Myadestes occidentalis

  • © Loch Kilpatrick

Principally brown above and gray below, the Brown-backed Solitaire’s key plumage features are its black malar streak, dark cheeks, and the broken white eye-ring. Brown-backed Solitaires inhabit dense humid to semi-arid evergreen forests, primarily in the highlands, where it occurs to at least 3500 m. The species ranges from northern Mexico south to Honduras, and is apparently largely sedentary, although there is some indication of movements to lower elevations in winter. This solitaire is, like all Myadestes, most easily located by virtue of its ventriloquial vocalizations. It feeds mainly on fruit, which is taken at low to mid levels in the forest.

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© Geoffrey A. Keller

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Brown-backed Solitaire (Myadestes occidentalis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: