Gray-chinned Hermit Phaethornis griseogularis

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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  • © Glenn Bartley

These hill country hummingbirds often sing and alert you to their presence with the audible sound of their wings. They fly around like insects and congregate at leks for at least part of the year. The three different subspecies have different habitat preferences, but are generally inhabitants of the cloud forest understory, dense secondary growth, and edges of lower slopes of the eastern Andes. They are similar in appearance to Reddish Hermit (Phaethornis ruber), but are distinguished by their pointed outer primaries, gray band on the central tail feathers, and white central tail feathers which barely extend beyond the rest of the tail.

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© Daniel Lane

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

Recommended Citation

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