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Townsend's Solitaire
Myadestes townsendi

Kinglets, Bluebirds and Thrushes
Thrush Family (Turdidae)

Size: Length: 20.5-24 cm

Description: A common summer and occasional winter resident, Townsend's solitaire is a drab thrush with few markings. The head, nape, back and breast are brownish-gray, but the undersides are somewhat lighter. There is a white eye-ring. The wings and tail are dark. The wings show streaks of peach colour which are more evident in flight. The tail has a white outer edge. The call is a very long breathless series of robin-like warbles. It can last upwards of 15-20 seconds. They build a rough nest either on the ground or near to it. They look for sheltered spots such as beneath cutbanks, under stumps, and along roadsides. Like all thrushes, they feed on a combination of insects, seeds and berries. During the winter, they rely solely upon juniper berries, and have been known to guard a favourite patch against the intrusions of other solitaires.

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