Sounds of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Shortcut: chit or chitit accompanied by wing hum
Song: See call, below.
Call: Ruby-throats give both vocal and nonvocal sounds. The common call is a squeaky chit or chitit, given during interactions and accompanied by wing hum. More complex calls occur during aggressive chases. The pendulum arc display is accompnied by buzzy wing hum and high-pitched twittering.
Bird songs copyright 2011 by Lang Elliott. Song descriptions adapted from the book Common Birds and Their Songs (Lang Elliott, 1998: Houghton Mifflin Company) and other material by Lang Elliott. Contact: Nature Sound Studio. Photographs copyright 2011 by Brian Small and Robert Royse. All rights reserved.