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Buff-bellied Hermit Phaethornis subochraceus

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The Buff-bellied Hermit is a generally uncommon hummingbird confined to the east Andean lowlands of Bolivia, in Chiquitano dry forest, and adjacent Brazil in the Pantanal of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, where it is also found in semi-deciduous forests. Almost nothing has been published concerning this species’ ecology and behavior. It is a small hermit, typified by the ochraceous belly, the elongated white central rectrices, with prominent white tips to the remainder of the tail feathers, and metallic green upperparts. It is most likely to be confused with the sympatric but obviously larger Planalto Hermit (Phaethornis pretrei), which has a brighter rump, whereas the similarly plumaged Cinnamon-throated Hermit (Phaethornis nattereri) appears to be entirely allopatrically distributed.

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Recommended Citation

Buff-bellied Hermit (Phaethornis subochraceus), 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/bubher1