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Snowcap Microchera albocoronata

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Ethan Kistler and Thomas S. Schulenberg

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Calls of Snowcap include "a soft, high-pitched, dry tsip" and "buzzy notes and chatters in aggresive interactions" (Stiles and Skutch 1989). The song of the male is described as "a soft, sputtering, warbling melody: tsitsup tsitsup tsitsup tsew ttttt-tsew or tsip-tsee tsippy tsippy tsippy tsip-tick tsew" (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

There are very few known recordings of vocalizations of Snowcap.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Kistler, E. and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Snowcap (Microchera albocoronata), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.