Giant Conebill Conirostrum binghami

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Nicholas A. Mason and Kevin J. Burns

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Generally quiet and unobtrusive while foraging. Calls include a moderate-pitched keek! or eek!, a seep in flight (Parker 1976) and a high-pitched plaintive whistle ssit ssit ssit or sseet sseet (George 1964, Isler and Isler 1999). Song includes a rapidly delivered series of whispy whistles, squeaky cheeps and sharp chip notes: whip-whee-which-chit, ti-chip ti-whit-ti, whip-whee-wit etc. Song sounds similar to closely related Conirostrum species.

Nonvocal Sounds

Can sometimes be detected by the sound of peeling bark off of Polylepis trees while foraging (Parker and O’Neill 1980).

Recommended Citation

Mason, N. A. and K. J. Burns (2010). Giant Conebill (Conirostrum binghami), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.