- 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
The Townsend's solitaire is unlikely to be confused with any other species.
Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.