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Purple-throated Mountain-gem Lampornis calolaemus

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Jacob Peters

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The most frequently heard vocalization is a call, described as "trrrt" (Snow 1977) or as "a sharp, penetrating, buzzy zeet or zeep" (Stiles and Skutch 1989). During interactions, gives "higher-pitched, scratchy, chattering notes" (Stiles and Skutch 1989). The song is "high, thin, and dry, a complex medley of sputtering and warbling notes" (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Peters, J. (2011). Purple-throated Mountain-gem (Lampornis calolaemus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.