Little Hermit Phaethornis longuemareus
Version: 1.0 — Published December 12, 2014
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The song of Little Hermit is described as " a high-pitched, chittering phrase, usually lasting 1-1.5 sec, which ... may be generally rendered ee-wee tiddly weet ... uttered about every 2 sec." (ffrench 1991) or as a song that is "high, squeaky, and complex, repeated over and over with scarcely a break for a min or more" (Hilty 2003).
For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio
The song of Little Hermit is highly variable (Snow 1968, Wiley 1971). Little Hermits sing at leks. Songs vary even within a lek, with the songs of neighboring males similar to one another, and these local patterns of similarity persist across years at the same site (Snow 1968, Wiley 1971).
A call of Little Hermit is a light squeak, given in alarm or while feeding (ffrench 1991).