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Koepcke's Hermit Phaethornis koepckeae

Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 1.0 — Published November 20, 2015

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

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The song of Koepcke's Hermit is a ringing, buzzy series of short notes: b'zee b'zee b'zee" (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2010).

Calls of Koepcke's Hermit include "a ringing, rising tchwee or tchwing" and a descending, accelerating series of high notes (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2010).

There are very few known audio recordings of vocalizations of Koepcke's Hermit; examples can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported, other than the whirring sound produced by the wings in flight, audible at close range.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. (2015). Koepcke's Hermit (Phaethornis koepckeae), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.koeher1.01