The black-faced solitaire (Myadestes melanops) is a bird in the thrush family endemic to highlands in Costa Rica and western Panama.

This is a bird of dense undergrowth and bamboo clumps in wet mountain forest, normally from 750 to 3,000 m (2,460 to 9,840 ft) altitude. It disperses as low as 400 m (1,300 ft) in the wet season, when it may form loose flocks. It builds a cup nest of mosses and liverworts in a tree crevice, hole in a mossy bank, or concealed amongst mosses and epiphytes in a tree fork up to 3.5 m (11 ft) above the ground. The female lays two or three rufous-brown marked white or pinkish eggs between April and June. The fledging period is 15–16 days.

The black-faced solitaire is a slim thrush, 16–18.5 cm (6.3–7.3 in) long, and weighing 33 g (1.2 oz) on average. The adult is slate gray with a black face and chin which contrast with the broad orange bill. The wings and tail are slate-edged black, and the underwing coverts are silvery-white, a feature which shows well in flight. The legs are orange. The juvenile has buff streaks on the head and upper parts, and buff and brown mottling on the underparts.

The black-faced solitaire usually forages low in vegetation, mainly for berries, but also insects. It will ascend into the canopy or emerge into trees in pasture in its search for food. The call is a nasal ghank or liquid quirt, and the song is a beautiful fluty whistled teedleedlee…tleedleeee…lee-dah…lee-dah given mainly in the evening from a shady canopy perch. While the extremely slow song is of a wonderfully pure, ethereal color in nature, when held in a cage the sound leads to it commonly being called "squeaky hinge bird".



The black-faced solitaire remains common in protected and inaccessible areas, but trapping of this prized songster for the cage-bird trade has badly affected its numbers elsewhere.
Black-faced Solitaire
Date Location Count
2020-07-22 11:50Virgen del Socorro2
2020-07-28 10:16El Tigre Waterfalls2
2020-07-07 06:25Jardines El Rey De Cocora2
2020-07-08 06:42NP Juan Castro Blanco--Albergue Pozo Verde1
2020-07-31 10:15Camino a la estación San Gerardo.1
2020-07-28 05:00Reserva Santa Elena--Main entrance area3
2020-07-29 05:36Reserva Santa Elena4
2020-08-03 11:30Sky Adventures - Monteverde Park2
2020-08-03 06:38Road to TV Towers1
2020-07-13 14:40Estación Biológica Monteverde2
2020-08-02 13:29Reserva Bosque Nuboso Monteverde1
2020-07-19 08:00Monteverde--Cloud Forest Reserve5
2020-07-25 08:15Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve--Entrance2
2020-07-09 13:15Monteverde--Hummingbird Gallery3
2020-07-07 07:49Road to PN Volcán Poás1
2020-07-28 08:00Camino a la Reserva Alberto Manuel Brenes1
2020-07-21 09:26Zona Protectora El Chayote1
2020-07-27 06:38Monserrat de Coronado2
2020-07-12 13:50Monte de la Cruz
2020-07-05 06:40Rancho Naturalista--Cerro El Silencio1
2020-07-20 10:02Hotel Quelitales1
2020-07-17 12:56Kiri Lodge1
2020-07-10 06:05Muñeco4
2020-08-02 08:35PN Tapanti--Sector Tapanti1
2020-07-27 07:10RF Río Macho, Cartago--camino ICE1
2020-07-21 09:20PN Los Quetzales--KM 76, Providencia road1
2020-07-06 09:11San Gerardo de Dota--Sendero Catarata1
2020-07-12 06:00La Chuma1
2020-07-23 16:10PN La Amistad-Sector Pittier1
2020-07-24 08:00Pipeline Trail1
2020-07-14 07:00Boquete Tree Trek2