Green Hermit (Phaethornis guy)

Order: Apodiformes | Family: Trochilidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Costa Rica

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonas, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~15 cm (6 in). The Green Hermit is iridescent green above and bluish gray below. It has a dark mask through the eye, bordered above and below with buff stripes. The buff stripes are more evident in the female, which also shows a central buff throat stripe. The bill is long and decurved, with a red lower mandible. The tapered tail is dusky with white-tipped feathers and a longer central pair. It is the only hermit with iridescent green upperparts and blue-gray underparts, but see Great-billed Hermit and Tawny-bellied Hermit.

Status: The Green Hermit is uncommon on the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 500-1800 m. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Ermitaño Verde.

Sub-species: Green Hermit (Phaethornis guy apicalis), Tschudi 1844.

Meaning of Name: Phaethornis: Gr. Phao= sun sunshine, and Ornis= bird. guy: in honor of J. Guy (fl. 1833) French amateur collector.

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Distribution Map

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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 08/01/2015.