Collared Crescentchest Melanopareia torquata

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Melanopareiidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Jacob Drucker

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song is uttered by both sexes, throughout the year, usually from an exposed perch of a low shrub, and even during the hottest part of the day (Krabbe and Schulenberg 2003).

The song is described as "a series of 3-6 loud, resonant 'chip' notes at 2.3-2.7 kHz, [uttered at a] pace [of] 1 per second, [with] intervals between phrases [of] 2.5-3 seconds" (Krabbe and Schulenberg 2003); occasionally gives a longer series that may last up to one minute (Krabbe and Schulenberg 2003).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

A scolding call is "a penetrating churr" (Krabbe and Schulenberg 2003).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Collared Crescentchest can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Drucker, J. (2013). Collared Crescentchest (Melanopareia torquata), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.