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Fawn-breasted Tanager Pipraeidea melanonota

Kim Gonzales, Casey H. Richart, and Kevin J. Burns
Version: 1.0 — Published August 14, 2015

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

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The infrequently heard song of Fawn-breasted Tanager is a series of high pitched "see" or "swee" notes that come in groups of 4-5 with the notes sung relatively slowly or 12+ notes in a fast trill that repeats every few seconds; though infrequent, they may sing over and over for minutes at a time (Isler and Isler 1987, Hilty 2003, Hilty 2011). The song also has been described as creaky, unmusical and slow series of 3-4 whistles (Hilty and Brown 1986, Fjeldå and Krabbe 1990). Less frequently heard song is more varied, perhaps with an element of mimicry (Isler and Isler 1987). Fawn-breasted Tanager most frequently sings from the tops of tall trees (Isler and Isler 1987).

The calls of Fawn-breasted Tanager are like slower versions of the song, with the call of P. m. venezuelensis single or paired "tsew" notes, and the call of P. m. melanonota is a monotone nearly trilled series of higher pitched "pse" notes.

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Fawn-breasted Tanager can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Gonzales, K., C. H. Richart, and K. J. Burns (2015). Fawn-breasted Tanager (Pipraeidea melanonota), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.fabtan1.01