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Green Hermit Phaethornis guy

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
  • Authors: Alice McBride


The breeding season in the Arima valley of Trinidad peaks between January and May, which is highly coincident with the flowering peaks of Heliconia and Pachystachys. Green Hermit breeds February-September in Costa Rica (Stiles and Skutch 1989). Nests also have been reported in Colombia in August (Snow and Snow 1980).

Nesting sites are in Heliconia, ferns, or palms, 0.6-4.6 m above the ground, and often overhanging or near or overhanging streams (Snow 1974, ffrench 1991). Nests are cone-shaped and affixed to the underside of the tip of a free-hanging leaf by cobwebs. The nest itself is composed of soft plant fibers and vegetative down, and lined with seed-plumes. The clutch size is two eggs, with an incubation period of 17-18 days. Males do not share incubation or feeding duties (Snow 1974).

Recommended Citation

McBride, A. (2012). Green Hermit (Phaethornis guy), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.