koepckes hermit birds
koepckes hermit birds

Koepcke’s Hermit

Phaethornis koepckeae

The Koepcke’s Hermit is a hermit hummingbird from the Trochilidae family that inhabits the Andean foothills. It has a distinct appearance, with a light orange body, a grayish-green back, and a black mask common among hermit species. Its orange coloration is warmer than similar hermit hummingbirds like the Great-billed and White-bearded, and it has a slimmer body. Compared to the White-browed and Reddish Hermits, it has a bolder facial pattern and a slightly more curved bill. The Needle-billed Hermit, which lives in the lowlands and has a different range from the Koepcke’s Hermit, is similar but has some differences in appearance. You can spot the Koepcke’s Hermit during our tours in the Manu National Park.

Photo: Alfredo Cornejo