White-browed Hermit (Phaethornis stuarti)

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

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

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

Identification & Behavior: ~10 cm (4 in). The White-browed Hermit is dull green on the back with a rufous lower rump and uppertail coverts. It has a well-defined black mask through the eye, bordered above with a white stripe. It has no noticeable lower stripe bordering the mask. The throat is whitish with rufous rest of the underparts.  The male has a black breast band. The bill is long, slightly decurved, with a mostly yellow lower mandible. The tapered tail feathers are tipped with whitish-buff. It is similar to the Reddish Hermit but is distinguished by a larger and better defined black mask, white superciliary stripe, and whitish throat.

Status: The White-browed Hermit is uncommon along the central and southern foothills of the eastern Andes at elevation up to 1400 m. It also occurs in Bo.

Name in Spanish: Ermitaño de Ceja Blanca

Sub-species: White-browed Hermit (Phaethornis stuarti), E. Hartert, 1897.

Meaning of Name: Phaethornis: Gr. Phao= sun sunshine, and Ornis= bird. stuarti: in honor of Arthur Maxwell Stuart (fl. 1897) collector in Bolivia.

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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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 08/01/2015.