Coppery Metaltail Metallura theresiae

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Little information. Descriptions of vocalizations of Coppery Metaltail include a "series of frail zeee calls, often alternating with ttrrrt notes" (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990) and "a jerky, wiry chatter similar to [that of] Tyrian Metaltail [Metallura tyrianthina], but perhaps lower, less emphatic, with buzzier notes" (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2010).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

There are few available recordings of vocalizations of Coppery Metaltail; additional audio recordings can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. (2013). Coppery Metaltail (Metallura theresiae), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.