Utah Bird Profile
 Townsend's Solitaire - Myadestes townsendi

Name Roots: (Gr. myia, mua, "a fly"; edestes, "anteater" - for John K. Townsend)

In Utah:  
characteristic behaviors:
Nests on the ground or in a snag at a height of 0-10 feet, in a cup or cavity nest. This species is not a cowbird host. This species is an insectivore: air sallier; omnivore: ground forager.
Habitat: Breeds in Utah in sub-alpine conifer and mountain riparian habitats.

by Paul Higgins

Other Photos - ID / Song

How to find: Listed as a common permanent resident this is one of the few Utah songbirds that can be heard singing its melodious song during the winter. Usually it nests in higher elevations in coniferous forests. During the winter, however, it frequently can be found at lower elevations like the Provo Cemetery in Utah County where it feeds on juniper berries, or at the Lytle Ranch in the Beaver Dam Wash where it is fond of the mistletoe berries. Rock Canyon, east of Provo, and American Fork Canyon, especially the trail up to Timpanogos Cave, are also consistent places to find it. Recently (December), I was in Ophir Canyon in Tooele County and found close to a dozen scattered about in the area east of the town.~ Merrill Webb

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