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Long-tailed Hermit Phaethornis superciliosus

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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  • © Ciro Albano

The Long-tailed Hermit can be found in southern Venezuela, the Guianas and northern Brazil. Very similar in appearance to the Long-billed Hermit (P. longirostris) and the Great-billed Hermit (P. malaris), these medium sized hermit hummingbirds can be identified by the light ochracous bands on the longest feathers of the uppertail-coverts and their distinct gular stripe. Like most members of the subfamily Phaethornithinae the Long-tailed Hermit is an understory species. These birds can be found in lowland rainforest, forest edge, gallery forest and igapó and várzea forest. The diet of the Long-tailed Hermit consists of nectar and small arthropods. These hummingbirds are common throughout their range.

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© Curtis Marantz

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

Recommended Citation

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