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Gray-chinned Hermit - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by NJLarsen
Copalinga, Zamora, SE Ecuador, 15 June 2019
Phaethornis griseogularis


8–10 cm

Similar Species

Very similar to Stripe-throated Hermit.


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • P. g. porcullae:
  • Lower slopes of west side of Andes of southwestern Ecuador (Loja) and northwestern Peru (Tumbes, Piura, and Lambayeque)
  • P. g. griseogularis:
  • P. g. zonura:
  • Northern Peru (Marañón Valley in eastern Cajamarca and adjacent Amazonas)


Lower slopes of cloud forest and forest edges.



Their main diet consists of nectar and insects; feeding by the trap-lining method.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2022. IOC World Bird List (v 12.2) DRAFT. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.12.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Avibase
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2014)

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