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Blue Seedeater Amaurospiza concolor

Marîa Félix Ramos-Ordoñez, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Alvaro Jaramillo, and Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 1.0 — Published October 25, 2013

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of Blue Seedeater is described as "a pleasant warble, often ending in a little splutter, similar in quality to that of Slate-throated Redstart [Myioborus miniatus], ch'swee ch'swee ch'switto ch'seeu ptr-r-r, or a simpler, somewhat plaintive chi chi wee chee chee" (Stiles and Skutch 1989); as "variable, a high, slightly tinny to sweet warble suggesting [the song of] Passerina buntings, see see-wee-see si-si-wee or seet see-wee-see si-si-wee-su" (Howell and Webb 1995); and as "a brief, fast, somewhat jumbled warbling with a sweet quality, e.g., sweet-sweet-sweet-saweet" (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001b).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

The song of subspecies relicta, of southwestern Mexico, is described as similar, but slightly higher and faster (Howell and Webb 1995).

Calls of Blue Seedeater are described as "a distinctive, sharp hu-tseet or chu-tsee" (Stiles and Skutch 1989) and as "a high, sharp, slightly metallic tswik or ti, and thin twittering" (Howell and Webb 1995).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Blue Seedeater can be heard at Macaulay Library, at xeno-canto, and at Internet Bird Collection.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Ramos-Ordoñez, M. F., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, M. d. C. Arizmendi, A. Jaramillo, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Blue Seedeater (Amaurospiza concolor), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.blusee1.01