Red-billed Tyrannulet Zimmerius cinereicapilla

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tyrannidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of Red-billed Tyrannulet is described as "an accelerating and slightly descending series of clear notes, teeuw tew-tew-te-te-te-te-te-te-te ... or ... a fast series of clear notes, the last two emphasized, tirtetetetete-whét-whét" (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001b) or as a rising chi-wheet, interspersed with a rich, chuckling pi'CHEE'CHEE'CHEE'CHEE" (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2010).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

The call of Red-billed Tyrannulet is "a rich pi'chew or pi'chew-chew-chew" (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2010).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Red-billed Tyrannulet can be heard at Macualay Library, at xeno-canto, and at Internet Bird Collection.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. (2015). Red-billed Tyrannulet (Zimmerius cinereicapilla), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.