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Green Hermit Phaethornis guy

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
  • Authors: Alice McBride
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A relatively large hummingbird, the Green Hermit is found in humid forests and forest edges, small clearings, secondary growth, shrubbery, and plantations with dense vegetation. This species has elongated, white-tipped central tail rectrices, which are prominently featured in displays at communal leks during the breeding season while males energetically compete for territories. There are currently four described subspecies of the Green Hermit.

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© David L. Ross, Jr.

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

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. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.greher1.01