- Myadestes melanops
- Slate grey body
- Black face and chin
- Broad orange bill
- Wings and tail have black edging
- Silvery-white underwing coverts
- Orange legs.
Juvenile: buffy streaking on the head and upperparts. Underparts show brownish-buff mottling.
Mountains of Costa Rica and western Panama (east to Veraguas)
This is a monotypic species.
Has been considered a subspecies of Andean Solitaire (Myadestes ralloides) in the past.
Found at heights from around 750 to 3000m in wet mountain forest, riverine scrub and woodland.
Inclined to lurks in the dense under-storey, though can be heard singing high in the canopy.
The diet includes insects and berries.
The nest is a cup comprised of material such as moss. It can be found in a tree crevice or a hole in a mossy bank. The clutch is laid between April and June and consists of 2 or 3 pink or white eggs with rufous brown marks. The young fledge after 15-16 days.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Black-faced Solitaire. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 7 June 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Black-faced_Solitaire
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