Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird Tilmatura dupontii

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, and Thomas S. Schulenberg

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Sparking-tailed Hummingird usually is silent, but "rarely gives high, sharp, twittering chirps" (Howell and Webb 1995).

The song is described as "a very high, thin, but musical squeaking in a continuous stream, rising and falling slightly and lasting for many seconds at a time", and is given from a high exposed perch (Rosenberg and Rosenberg 1979).

There are few if any audio recordings of vocalizations of Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird.

Nonvocal Sounds

In flight when foraging, the wings of Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird produce a "low, insect-like humming" sound (Howell and Webb 1995).

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird (Tilmatura dupontii), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.