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Swallow Tanager Tersina viridis


Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Swallow Tanagers have a call and a song. The call note is a single sharp tsee,  and the song performed by males is a metallic twitter of tsee-wi-tit-tit-tit  that ranges from four to seven syllables. During periods of activity the call is repeated with monotonous regularity (Wetmore 1984). Additional audio recordings of vocalization of the Swallow Tanager can be heard at Macaulay Library and Xeno-Canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Swallow Tanager (Tersina viridis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: