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Brown-backed Solitaire (Feeding on Wilcox Barberry)
 
 
Location: Ramsey Canyon, AZ
GPS: 31.5N, -110.3W, elev=5,070' MAP
Date: July 30, 2009
ID : 7C2V0347 [3888 x 2592]

Brown-backed Solitaire (Feeding on Wilcox Barberry)
 
 
Location: Ramsey Canyon, AZ
GPS: 31.5N, -110.3W, elev=5,070' MAP
Date: July 30, 2009
ID : 7C2V0345 [3888 x 2592]

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Brown-backed Solitaire (Feeding on Wilcox Barberry)
 
 
Location: Ramsey Canyon, AZ
GPS: 31.5N, -110.3W, elev=5,070' MAP
Date: July 30, 2009
ID : 7C2V0352 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The Brown-backed Solitaire (Myadestes occidentalis) is a thrush, a member of the family Turdidae. As a member of the genus Myadestes, the Brown-backed Solitaire is closely related to other thrushes sharing the common name of "solitaire." It is medium-sized, about 21 centimeters (8 inches) long. Its body is mostly brown with some grayish markings.

Habitat and range

It is relatively common in the mountains of Mexico and northern Central America. It tends to be found in semi-deciduous mountain forests, including mixed pine-oak forests. It is often found near streams.

Voice

The Brown-backed Solitaire's song is a crescendo of accelerating notes, often described as flute- or bell-like. This species also has a squealing, metallic call and a raspy alarm call.

Taxonomy

As a member of the genus Myadestes, the Brown-backed Solitaire is closely related to other thrushes sharing the common name of "solitaire."





                                     




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