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Photo by dragnil
La Savegre, Costa Rica, March 2009
Myadestes melanops


16-18.5 cm

  • 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[1].

Has been considered a subspecies of Andean Solitaire (Myadestes ralloides) in the past[2].


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.


  1. 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
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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