Emerald-chinned Hummingbird Abeillia abeillei

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of Emerald-chinned Hummingbird is described as "a high, thin, slightly squeaking chipping, tsin, tisn-tsin tsin-tsin tsin-tsin, or tsi tsi tsi-si, tsi-tsi tsi tsi-tsi ..." (Howell and Webb 1995).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

Calls of Emerald-chinned Hummingbird when foraging are described as "a liquid, rattling trill ... at times only single notes given, puip puip ..." (Howell and Webb 1995). Sometimes also gives a sharp sii'ing when perched (Howell and Webb 1995).

There are few available audio recordings of Emerald-chinned Hummingbird; other examples can be heard at Macaulay Library, at xeno-canto, and at Internet Bird Collection.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported; presumably the wings produce a "whirring" sound, audible (as in most hummingbirds) at close range.

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, and T. S. Schulenberg (2014). Emerald-chinned Hummingbird (Abeillia abeillei), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.emchum1.01