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Torrent Tyrannulet Serpophaga cinerea

Graham Montgomery
Version: 1.0 — Published September 7, 2012

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The dawn song of Torrent Tyrannulet in Costa Rica is described as a slow series of chip notes, with up to 10 s between notes (Skutch 1960). Members of a pair also duet, with a short rapid series of chip notes (Skutch 1960). The song in the Andes is described as "a high, thin seek! ti'ti'ti'ti'ti'ti, last part trilled, sometimes hesitant or irreg[ular]" (Hilty 2003) or as "a rapid series of twittering chips" (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2010).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

The call is described as a "loud, sharp, freq[uently] repeated seek note audible over stream noise" (Hilty 2003) or as "a high, thin ti-tsip" (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2010).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Torrent Tyrannulet can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

No nonvocal sounds have been documented in this species.

Recommended Citation

Montgomery, G. (2012). Torrent Tyrannulet (Serpophaga cinerea), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.tortyr1.01