Wine-throated Hummingbird Atthis ellioti
Version: 1.0 — Published March 29, 2013
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Of the song of Wine-throated Hummingbird, Skutch (in Bent 1964) wrote that "Whenever I passed [the singing assembly] I would pause to listen, enchanted, to a song that amazed me, coming from so small a bird. The voice, though weak, was not squeaky. In its intensity, its variety of phrasing, and in its rising and falling cadencies reminded me not a little of the higher notes of a small finch. ... The hummingbird frequently sang without a pause for thirty or forty seconds. Were his song only a little more forceful, without any change in tune or phrasing, [Wine-throated] Hummingbird would be famous as a musician". This song also is described as "a series of high, slightly buzzy, squeaky chips that break into a warble" (Howell and Webb 1995).
For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio
Calls of Wine-throated Hummingbird include "high, thin, sharp chips, often repeated steadily, sip-sip ... or cheup cheup ..., etc." (Howell and Webb 1995).
The wings of the male Wine-throated Hummingbird produce a "thrum", when a male is hovering in front of flowers while feeding, and also while aggressively confronting another male (W.A. Thurber, personal observations).