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Hooded Grosbeak Coccothraustes abeillei

Alayna Carter
Version: 1.0 — Published August 1, 2014

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The standard call of Hooded Grosbeak is described as "a ringing note, usually doubled, beehn beehn or beenk beenk" (Howell and Webb 1995) or as bree-bink, bre-bruk, or a sharp beet beet (Clement 1993). Other calls include "a nasal whew or kew" (Howell and Webb 1995) or "a single clee and a harsh jerr" (Clement 1993).

The song of Hooded Grosbeak is a variation on the call with one to two clipped, slightly metallic, burry rolling phrases often preceded by calls, described as beenk beenk eihrr-r, wheirr whrr, beehn beehn bee-beihr, be-be jerr chee, be-be chee, a buzzing wij-ee-er-tee, or bee-bink-beeaw; the last syllable is of a higher pitch than the preceding two (Clement 1993, Howell and Webb 1995).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

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

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Carter, A. (2014). Hooded Grosbeak (Coccothraustes abeillei), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.hoogro1.01