Spot-fronted Swift Cypseloides cherriei
Version: 1.0 — Published October 3, 2014
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Sounds and Vocal Behavior
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The flight calls of Spot-fronted Swift have been likened to the sound of a laser gun (Jane Lyons and Dusan Brinkhuizen, personal communications); often given in a series, the call consistents of several clear notes followed by a faster rising series of chips. These calls also are described as a "distinctive rhythmic series, often repeated two or more times on quick succession. A typical series ... can be transliterated as chirr chi-t-t-ti chirr; at times the series' end with several sharp chips" (Howell 2011).