Townsend's Solitaire Myadestes townsendi

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Adult

Medium-sized thrush with a long tail, a short bill, and a small rounded head. Gray overall with a prominent white eyering. Note buffy patches in the wing.

Juvenile

Round-headed thrush with a long tail. Juveniles are dark gray overall and heavily spotted with buff and white, giving them a scaly look.

Adult

Medium-sized thrush with a round head and long tail. Gray overall with a white eyering. Note white outer tail feathers, more noticeable in flight.

Adult

Buffy wing patches and white outer tail feathers are often prominent in flight.

Adult

Eats a lot of fruit during the nonbreeding season. Adults are gray overall with a white eyering.

Adult

In the winter, moves south or to lower elevations to feed on juniper berries which they aggressively defend.

Habitat

Found in open pine, fir, and spruce forests in mountainous regions from about 1,100–11,500 feet elevation.

Recommended Citation

Townsend's Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/towsol