Azure-crowned Hummingbird Amazilia cyanocephala

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, Tom Johnson, and Thomas S. Schulenberg

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The principal vocalization of Azure-crowned Hummingbird is described as "a low, fairly hard, buzzy dzzzrt in flight and perched, [which may be] repeated steadily from perch" (Howell and Webb 1995). Also has a "fairly mellow, strong chipping, at times run into a trill or rattle" (Howell and Webb 1995). The vocalizations of the isolated subspecies chlorostephana apparently have not been described (Howell and Webb 1995).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Azure-crowned Hummingbird can be heard at Macaulay Library, at xeno-canto, and at Internet Bird Collection.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported, other than the usual "whirring" or "humming" sound of the wings in flight, audible (as in most hummingbirds) at close range.

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, T. Johnson, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Azure-crowned Hummingbird (Amazilia cyanocephala), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.