Hook-billed Hermit Glaucis dohrnii

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One of three species of Glaucis hermits, which genus is considered to have evolved in the Atlantic Forest region, although the present species was formerly sometimes placed in the genus Ramphodon, along with the Saw-billed Hermit (Ramphodon naevius) of the southern Atlantic Forest. The Hook-billed Hermit is one of the rarest bird species endemic to the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, where in the modern day it is confined to a few localities in the states of Espírito Santo and Bahia, though the species perhaps formerly occurred in both Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro, and is currently treated as Endangered by BirdLife International. The Hook-billed Hermit has greenish-bronze upperparts and cinnamon underparts, with a white supercilium and malar, a dusky face, and a metallic bronze tail with the outer feathers tipped white; the bill is almost straight with a whitish mandible. In comparison, Saw-billed Hermit is larger and is boldly streaked over the underparts, whilst the Rufous-breasted Hermit (Glaucis hirsutus) has a slightly decurved bill, rufous bases to the outermost four rectrices, and a black subterminal tail band.

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Recommended Citation

Hook-billed Hermit (Glaucis dohrnii), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/hobher2