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Long-billed Hermit Phaethornis longirostris

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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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Song (Central American)

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Long-billed Hermit (Phaethornis longirostris), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/lobher