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Phaethornis guy

Green Hermit

  • Order: Apodiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic 4 Subspecies

Authors: McBride, Alice

Phaethornis guy

Wild Sumaco Reserve, Napo, Ecuador; 1 May 2009 © Glenn Bartley

A relatively large hummingbird, the Green Hermit is found in humid forests and forest edges, small clearings, secondary growth, shrubbery, and plantations with dense vegetation. This species has elongated, white-tipped central tail rectrices, which are prominently featured in displays at communal leks during the breeding season while males energetically compete for territories. There are currently four described subspecies of the Green Hermit.

Recommended Citation

McBride, Alice. 2012. Green Hermit (Phaethornis guy), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Montane evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Understory
  • Foraging Behavior:Probe
  • Diet:Nectar
  • Sociality:Solitary
  • Mating System:Polygyny
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 2 - 2
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern