Paul A Schwartz
27 Feb 1969
- Cerro El Teteo; Ridge south of camp
- 7.42 -72.07
- 1100 meters
- NAGRA III
- Electro-Voice 650
- Parabola 91.4cm (36in)
NOTES: Neotropical Institute Cut # 3. Bulk reel: 214
Weather: Fair. Natural song. Apparently not in exact focus. Quality: 1-2. Level: +5.
Several songs, then one wing-whir dislay. Quality: 2. Level: +10.
Comments on cut 3: This bird first started singing way up the ridge, then same a little closer, i.e. down the ridge toward me, where it sang for quite a while. Then it sailed from there and alighted apparently in the top of a tree just beyond me; as it passed over my head, and even as it approached, I heard a fairly loud "whooshing" sound, no doubt of the air rushing through the set plumes. This was well after sunset but before dark.
The bird sang three-four times in this new position, then after a short silence, "flew" to another tree on a short ridge ~60 m. to the south, giving a wing-whir display apparently almost immediately after take-off. From this new position it sang many times. Some of this song is recorded. Then, again after a delay, it gave another display which is recorded. The natural interval between songs and between last song and the display is not conserved in this recording. The bird apparently left my area with this display flight. It was nearly dark by this time.
Note: This display is very similar to that of pipile, including an initial isolated slap. However, other than being of primary importance, as is the display of pipile, it seems definitely secondary to the vocal song and is very seldom given, at least in proportion to the number of songs given.