White-eared Hummingbird Hylocharis leucotis

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, and Thomas S. Schulenberg

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of White-eared Hummingbird is "a tedious, metallic chipping chi'tink chi'tink chi'tink ..., or chi'dit chi'dit chi'dit ..., or simply tink tink ...." (Howell and Webb 1995).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

This song is similar to the song of Green Violet (Colibri thalassinus), but lacks the "hesitant, jerky rhythm" that is typical of the violet (Howell and Webb 1995).

The typical call of White-eared Hummingbird is described as "fairly hard, dry chips, at times repeated steadily, [that] may break into short, quiet gurgles" (Howell and Webb 1995) and as "a sharp metallic tchik or tink" (Williamson 2001).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of White-eared Hummingbird can be heard at Macaulay Library, at xeno-canto, and at Internet Bird Collection.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported, other than the "whirring" or "humming" sound produced by the wings, which may be audible at close range.

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, and T. S. Schulenberg (2015). White-eared Hummingbird (Hylocharis leucotis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.whehum.01