The Planalto Hermit is a widespread species of hummingbird in eastern South America. Quite large, with a long, decurved bill, black and white facial stripes, long, white-tipped rectrices, and buffy rump and underparts, this species is visually quite distinctive. These hummingbirds favor edge habitats and dry forest in Brazil, Bolivia, Paraquay, and a small corner of Argentina. Planalto Hermits feed on nectar and insects, and frequently appear in gardens and at feeders in residential areas where they can be admired by birdwatchers with ease. Quite common within its large range and lacking major conservation threats, this species is considered to be of least concern by the IUCN.