Black-throated Hermit Phaethornis atrimentalis

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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  • © Carlos Calle

These hummingbirds are found in the eastern Andes of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The Black-throated Hermit is similar in appearance to the Reddish Hermit (P.ruber), but can be distinguished by their prominent dark brown throat and whitish undertail-coverts. Black-throated Hermits are understory species, and inhabit lowland rainforest as well as more open habitats such as plantations and swamp forest. The nectar of flowering plants such as Costus, Aechmea, Palicourea and Drymonia make up the diet of these hermits, as well as small arthropods.

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© Michael Harvey

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

Recommended Citation

Black-throated Hermit (Phaethornis atrimentalis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: