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Snowy Sheathbill Chionis albus

  • Order: Charadriiformes
  • Family: Chionidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Emerson D. Fang

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The Snowy Sheathbill is a rather silent bird (Shirihai 2008), and its call is not well known (Forster 1996), although at times it may utter "short throaty, crow-like harsh calls" (Shirihai 2008).

During courtship, the Snowy Sheathbill also makes a "harsh and throaty crowlike call and low muttered sounds accompanied by mutual deep bowing" (Watson 1975).

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Fang, E. D. (2010). Snowy Sheathbill (Chionis albus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.