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Tawny-bellied Hermit Phaethornis syrmatophorus

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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This long-billed hermit forages low in the interior of humid and wet forest undergrowth, searching for nectar and arthropods. Males gather at leks for part of the year where they make a squeaky, repeated tseep numerous times each minute. Both sexes have long, white central tail feathers and males boast a bright rufous-orange rump. In Colombia, Tawny-bellied Hermits are the only hermit of the genus Phaethornis restricted to the highlands.

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© Scott Olmstead

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

Recommended Citation

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