Slate-colored Solitaire Myadestes unicolor

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The Slate-colored Solitaire is a relatively large-bodied member of the genus Myadestes, principally clad in gray and blackish, but easily identified by the broken white eye-ring, the buff patch in the wings, and the white-edged tail. Like all solitaires, the sexes are basically alike, and it is likely to be the song—which is especially haunting and ethereal-sounding in this species—which first draws attention to this bird. The Slate-colored Solitaire occurs from southern Mexico south to Nicaragua, and inhabits evergreen and cloud forests in the highlands of this region. It is generally still fairly common, despite the attentions of cagebird enthusiasts in some parts of the species’ range.

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Recommended Citation

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