Coppery-headed Emerald Elvira cupreiceps

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg and Carolyn W. Sedgwick

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Calls of Coppery-headed Emerald are described as "a high, thin, liquid quip or quit or rapid high sputtering in chases" (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

The song of male Coppery-headed Emerald is "weak [and] warblerlike" (Slud 1964) and a "high, thin, twittering and warbling" (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

There are few available audio recordings of Coppery-headed Emerald; examples of vocalizations of this species can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Coppery-headed Emerald male singing, Mirador de Catarata, Cinchona, Costa Rica, June 24, 2007, © Christopher Wood

Nonvocal Sounds

None described.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. and C. W. Sedgwick (2013). Coppery-headed Emerald (Elvira cupreiceps), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.