Cinereous Conebill Conirostrum cinereum

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Andrea N. Chavez

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of Cinereous Conebill is described as a rapid jumble of twittering phrases (Moynihan 1963); as a complex chattering series of similar fine notes (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990); as a fast jumbles of twittering notes and phrases that sometimes is given while the bird continues to feed (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001b); and as a rapid jumble of high squeaks (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2010). The song perhaps is best described as a fast, buzzy chatter, lasting more than one second, consisting of a repeated series of couplets (whee-chee or ch pee) (Jaramillo 2003).

The call is described as a fine zit (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990), as a high, thin tseep (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2010), and as a fine, 2-noted, tsip tsip (J. Silliman, in Hilty and Brown 1986).

Additional audio recordings of Cinereous Conebill can be heard at Macaulay Library, at xeno-canto, and at Avocet.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Chavez, A. N. (2018). Cinereous Conebill (Conirostrum cinereum), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.