Slate-throated Redstart Myioborus miniatus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Parulidae
  • Polytypic: 12 subspecies
  • Authors: William D. Harrod and Ronald L. Mumme

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of Slate-throated Redstart is a series of varied and sometimes accelerating slurred notes (Stiles and Skutch 1989). In the Mexican subspecies miniatus, songs generally are more rapid and trilled; Howell and Webb (1995, p. 656) describe the song of Mexican birds as “a varied series of rich chips, often changing in pitch part way through, the 2nd part accelerating and typically ending abruptly or with and up-slurred note, s-wee s-wee s-wee s-wee s-wee s-chi s-chi s-chi, or chi-chi-chi-chi chiree-chiree-chiree-chiree, etc.” Hilty and Brown (1986) memorably describe the song of Colombian birds as “a weak, colorless chueet-chueet-chueet-chuee, lacking inspiration.” In Costa Rica, both sexes sing (Shopland 1985), but males sing more vigorously and frequently than females (Mumme 2002).

The call of Slate-throated Redstart is a sharp, high-pitched tsit or chip (Stiles and Skutch 1989, Howell and Webb 1995).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Slate-throated Redstart can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None observed.

Recommended Citation

Harrod, W. D. and R. L. Mumme (2018). Slate-throated Redstart (Myioborus miniatus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.