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Wine-throated Hummingbird Atthis ellioti

Walter A. Thurber, Thomas S. Schulenberg, and Carolyn W. Sedgwick
Version: 1.0 — Published March 29, 2013

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

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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).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Wine-throated Hummingbird can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

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).

Recommended Citation

Thurber, W. A., T. S. Schulenberg, and C. W. Sedgwick (2013). Wine-throated Hummingbird (Atthis ellioti), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.withum1.01