Townsend's Solitaire

Myadestes townsendi

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Thrushes (Turdidae)

Code 4

TOSO

Code 6

MYATOW

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Townsend's Solitaire has a large range, estimated globally at 3,600,000 square kilometers. Native to the United States, Canada, and Mexico, this bird prefers shrubland or forest ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 770,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of Townsend's Solitaire is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Townsend's Solitaire: Small thrush, gray overall and slightly darker above. Eye-ring is thin and white. The wings have pale rust-brown patches and black flight feathers. Outer tail feathers are white. Perches upright and remains still for long periods of time and is easily overlooked.

 

Range and Habitat

Townsend's Solitaire: Breeds in mountains from Alaska to the Northwest Territories, from British Columbia to South Dakota, California, and central Mexico. Winters from southern Canada southward. In summer, frequents montane coniferous forests around 3,000 feet below the timberline; in winter, descends to canyons with open juniper forests on lower slopes.

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Townsend's Solitaire SONGS AND CALLS

Townsend's Solitaire

Song is a long and complex series of clear warbled notes.

Townsend's Solitaire

Call is a melancholic, whistled "whee".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"tew", "eek", "whee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Townsend's Solitaire is the only solitaire native to America north of Mexico.
  • During the winter, the male and female are both strongly territorial, defending patches of juniper trees against other solitaires and other birds.
  • The name of this bird commemorates the ornithologist John Kirk Townsend.
  • A group of thrushes are collectively known as a "hermitage" and a "mutation" of thrushes.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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Flight feathersX
Located on the wing, and collectively called remiges (singular, remex). The long stiff feathers are subdivided into two major groups based on the location and are called primaries and secondaries.
Outer tail feathersX
The tail feathers farthest from the center.
UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X