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Talamanca Hummingbird Eugenes spectabilis

Ruth Partida-Lara and Paula L. Enríquez
Version: 1.0 — Published September 22, 2017

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of Talamanca Hummingbird is described as "a soft, low-pitched song of burbling, scratchy, buzzy notes" (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Calls include "a rather guttural, rolling nrrt or drrk" (Stiles and Skutch 1989). During aggressive encounters also has "a rapid stream of high, clear, liquid chips" that run together (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Talamanca Hummingbird can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto (where recordings are mixed with those of Rivoli's Hummingbird Eugenes fulgens).

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). Talamanca Hummingbird (Eugenes spectabilis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.maghum2.01