Plushcap Catamblyrhynchus diadema

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Ashley Salinas and Kevin J. Burns

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song is not heard frequently, and is usually quiet. It is a complex long series of chirps and twitters, which overall is similar to the song of a hummingbird (Ridgely and Tudor 1989, 2001, Ridgely and Greenfield 2009) or of a Hemispingus tanager (Hilty et al. 1979). It consists of unmusical monotone chirps and twitters and is 15-60 seconds long (Hilty and Brown 1986). Fjeldså and Krabbe (1990) describe the song as an unmusical, continuous weaving twitter reminiscent to that of the Gray-hooded Bush Tanager (Cnemoscopus rubrirostris). Lane (in Schulenberg et al. 2007) describe it as "a jerky, disjointed series of high, squeaky notes: 'tseep-tseu-teep-ti-tsip-tseep ....' " Call notes include soft, high chirps (Hilty et al. 1979, Hilty and Brown 1986). Additional recordings of vocalizations are available at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Salinas, A. and K. J. Burns (2010). Plushcap (Catamblyrhynchus diadema), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.