The Rufous-throated Solitaire

Back when I wrote about our ascent of Blue Mountain Peak, I mentioned that the Rufous-throated Solitaire is a bird that can be pretty tough to spot.

In that prior post, I had a picture of the same individual featured in the video above. If you turn the volume up, you can hear all the shrill details of the bird’s call, and imagine sounds like those echoing through the misty hills — the guidebook to Jamaican birds actually describes the vocalizations as “ventriloquial,” which we found to be accurate. 

A member of the thrush family Turdidae, the Rufous-throated Solitaire is found on several islands in the Caribbean, where it eats small fruits and berries in humid montane forests. Known in French (on Haiti) as the “solitary whistler,” the bird is a great surprise to see at any time, but also simply a pleasure to listen to in the woods. We thought some of the other calls not displayed in the video above sounded like distant car alarms as well as antique telephone ring-tones.

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