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Little Hermit Phaethornis longuemareus

Lihn Huynh
Version: 1.0 — Published December 12, 2014

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

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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).

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

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Huynh, L. (2014). Little Hermit (Phaethornis longuemareus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.lither2.01