Needle-billed Hermit Phaethornis philippii

  • © Joe Tobias

These large hermits are denizens of humid forest understory, bamboo thickets, and plantations. They occur in the lowlands and are especially fond of terra firme habitat. Little is known about their life history, but these hummingbirds feed on nectar at scattered flowers and also gather arthropods. Both males and females and a rich buffy orange below and have long, straight bills.

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© Bret Whitney

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

Recommended Citation

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