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Plain-capped Starthroat Heliomaster constantii

Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, and Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 1.0 — Published January 3, 2014

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

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The most frequent call of Plain-capped Starthroat is described as "a high-pitched, fairly soft and melodious slurred tseep or cheek" (Stiles and Skutch 1989) or as "a sharp, fairly loud peek" (Howell and Webb 1995). This starthroat also gives a high pitched, piercing twitter during chases (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

The song of Plain-capped Starthroat is described as "a series of sharp chips interspersed with varied chips, chip chip chip pi-chip chip chip ...., or chi chi chi chi whit-it chi ..., etc." (Howell and Webb 1995).

There are few available audio recordings of Plain-capped Starthroat; audio recordings can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, and T. S. Schulenberg (2014). Plain-capped Starthroat (Heliomaster constantii), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.plcsta.01