A talkative bird will not build a nest

A talkative bird will not build a nest
A chattering bird builds no nest

A west African, and Cameroon proverb

Townsends Solitaire

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Townsend’s Solitaire

Townsend’s Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi) is a medium-sized thrush, the only solitaire native to America north of Mexico.

Identification Tips:
• Length: 6.75 inches
• Short, thick bill
• White eye ring
• Dark gray plumage
• Black tail with white outer tail feathers
• Buffy wing stripe
• Sexes similar
• Juvenile has pale spots on head and body


Similar species:

The Townsend’s solitaire is unlikely to be confused with any other species. The name of this bird commemorates the ornithologist John Kirk Townsend.

Townsend’s solitaire feeds primarily on berries and insects. Its song consists of loud, melodious flute-like rising and falling phrases with “low, husky notes interspersed but no distinct pattern”

The nest resembles that of other solitaires; a cup of fine plant material on or close to the ground. Townsend’s Solitaire usually lays 3–4 eggs that are grayish-white with brown dots or splotches concentrated at the larger end.



A chick that will grow into a cock can be spotted the very day it hatches.


A chattering bird builds no nest.

A west African, Cameroon proverb


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  1. Hehe, some nice sayings there!

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