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Phaethornis longirostris

Long-billed Hermit

  • Order: Apodiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae

Authors: Sedgwick, Carolyn W.

Phaethornis longirostris

Puntarenas, Costa Rica; 8 November 2011 © Frank Scott

Long-billed Hermits inhabit forest understory, second growth, and plantations where they are particularly fond of edges and steams. These large hummingbirds gather nectar from widely dispersed flowers and also catch spiders and insects. Males gather in leks, sometimes composed of as many as 25 individuals, and sing incessantly from low perches in the understory. These hermits have distinctive facial striping, a long, decurved bill, and white extensions to their central tail feathers.

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Recommended Citation

Sedgwick, Carolyn W.. 2011. Long-billed Hermit (Phaethornis longirostris), 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.

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