Black-nosed Conehead (Neoconocephalus melanorhinus)

Song of a Black-nosed Conehead ©Wil Hershberger 2015.

Brown form of Black-nosed ConeheadThe Black-nosed Conehead is an inhabitant of tidal marshes that are dominated with Spartina grasses and Juncus reeds. Green and brown forms, as in the photos on this page, are found throughout the species range. In some locations, they are quite numerous making them easy to find with a bright flashlight after dark. Looking at the cone from below shows a somewhat elongated, slightly pinched cone that is either entirely black or black from the tip to about the midpoint. They can be found singing on the stems of coarser vegetation typically in a head down posture.

Black-nosed Conehead cone from below

Cone from below

Range map for Black-nosed Conehead

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Black-nosed Coneheads are found in tidal marshes from central New Jersey south to Jacksonville, Florida, then from Tide Swamp Wildlife Management Area, Florida west to New Orleans, Louisiana.

Song: A smooth, continuous high-pitched buzzing with very short breaks here and there as if the singer had the hiccups. The song has a ventriloquial quality making it difficult to find an individual singer, especially when there are others singing nearby. Black-nosed Coneheads only sing at night.
Sonogram of Black-nosed ConeheadSonogram of a Black-nosed Conehead. © Wil Hershberger.



Black-nosed Conehead

Green form of Black-nosed Conehead

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