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Hooded Gnateater Conopophaga roberti

Harold F. Greeney
Version: 1.0 — Published September 13, 2013

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

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Lasting only about 1.5 seconds, the song of Hooded Gnateater is a rapid, slightly musical ascending series of notes delivered at about 3.5 kHz (Whitney 2003). The song is sometimes described as slightly longer and upslurred at the end (van Perlo 2009).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

The call notes of Hooded Gnateaters are described as a piercing tchief! or a hard tcheek! They also occasionally produce a 1-second-long chatter of scratchy notes (Whitney 2003).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Hooded Gnateater can be heard at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

As is the case for Black-bellied Gnateater (Conopophaga melanogaster), Whitney (2003) describes male Hooded Gnateaters producing a loud whirring sound with the wings in the context of courtship or aggressive displays, This behavior has not been studied in detail, however, and requires proper documentation.

Recommended Citation

Greeney, H. F. (2013). Hooded Gnateater (Conopophaga roberti), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.hoogna1.01