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White-throated Flycatcher Empidonax albigularis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tyrannidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: John van Dort

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

White-throated Flycatcher singing.
© John van Dort , Francisco Morazán , Honduras , 28 March 2018
Figure 1: Song (“rrrrreah!”).

Two-part call with an emphasized, quickly rising and falling ending. Source: ML31997351.

Figure 2: Song (“rrrrrreah!”).

Similar to Song 1 but with an ultra-brief pause and a third, descending element. Source: ML104340771.

Figure 3: Song (“rrrrrreah!”).

First part similar to regular song, but quickly rising and falling element omitted, and element after brief pause similar to call note. Source: ML101203211.

Figure 4: Call note.

Source: ML31997351.

Figure 5: Twitters.

Twitters are sometimes given in highly charged social situations. Source: ML31997351.

Figure 6: Juvenile food-begging calls.

Source: ML112864411.

Figure 7: Juvenile call.

Source: ML106333791.


White-throated Flycatcher typically is quite vocal. The most common vocalizations are the song, which is a raspy, slightly nasal rrrrreah!, and the call, which is shorter and buzzier, with a faint nasal quality.

The song is given in three variations (Figure 1, Figure 2, and Figure 3), i.e. a two-part call with an emphasized, quickly rising and falling ending (Figure 1); a three-part call that is identical to the two-parted call but has a ultra-brief pause after the emphasized part, followed by a brief third part (Figure 2); and a three-part call that has the same beginning as the previous two calls but lacks the brief rising and falling emphasized element, and is followed by a vocalization that’s more typical of the regular call note (Figure 3).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of White-throated Flycatcher can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

van Dort, J. (2018). White-throated Flycatcher (Empidonax albigularis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.