great billed hermit birds
great billed hermit birds

Great billed Hermit

Phaethornis malaris

The Great billed Hermit belongs to the Trochilidae family. It is a large hermit with an extremely long curved bill and a dark cheek bordered by pale eyebrow and mustache, and the elongated white central tail feathers. It is fairly dull overall, with bronzy back and buffy or grayish belly.

This species exists in lowlands across much of northern South America, typically below 1,000 m. It is fairly common within terra firme forest where it stays low, quickly zipping around flower patches in the understory. You can see it on our birding tour in Peru.

Source: ebird

Photo: Alfredo Cornejo