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Green Hermit Phaethornis guy

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


Conservation Status

Green Hermit has a conservation status of Least Concern. The geographic range of this species is extensive, and there is no evidence of a declining population size (BirdLife International 2012).

The relative abundance of Green Hermit is considered to be "fairly common" globally (Parker et al. 1996). Other assessments of the relative abundance of Green Hermit are "uncommon and local" (Colombia, Hilty and Brown 1986; Venezuela, Hilty 2003), "fairly common to common" (Ecuador, Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a; Peru, Schulenberg et al. 2010), "common" (Panama, Ridgely and Gwynne 1989; Trinidad, ffrench 1991), and "common to locally abundant" (Costa Rica, Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Effects of human activity on populations

Green Hermit is a forest-dwelling species that depends on flowers for nectar. Although this species seems to persist even in fragmented habitats, any extensive deforestation caused by humans has the potential for harm (Hadley and Betts 2009).

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.