White-bearded Hermit Phaethornis hispidus


This large, active hermit is constantly foraging throughout the understory of forest borders. Males form leks which potentially exist of dozens of individuals and they sing together from low perches for a large portion of the year. While they lek, males continuously make repeated czweet sounds. The combination of the overall gray appearance of both sexes and a narrow, white throat stripe helps diagnose this hermit in the field. They are widespread and fairly common in the Amazon up to an elevation of 850 meters.

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

Recommended Citation

White-bearded Hermit (Phaethornis hispidus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/whbher1