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Rivoli's Hummingbird Eugenes fulgens

Ruth Partida-Lara and Paula L. Enríquez
Version: 1.0 — Published September 29, 2017

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


A possible song of Rivoli's Hummingbird is a loud or high-pitched, "sharp tchik or tcheep" (Howell and Webb 1995). Another, more complex, vocalization, perhaps a different type of song, is a short chatter of notes that rise and fall (beginning at ca 1:07 in this recording from El Salvador).

When foraging, often utters a chip note.

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Magnificent Hummingbird can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto (where recordings are mixed with those of the closely related Talamanca Hummingbird Eugenes spectabilis).

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported, other than the usual "whirring" sound of the wings in flight, audible (as in most hummingbirds) at close range.

Recommended Citation

Partida-Lara, R. and P. L. Enríquez (2017). Rivoli's Hummingbird (Eugenes fulgens), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.maghum1.01