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Saw-billed Hermit - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Jamfaraco
SC, Brazil, May 2005
Ramphodon naevius


14-16 cm (5½-6¼ in)

  • Straight bill with hooked tip
  • Buffy supercilium
  • Orange throat with a dark stripe down the middle
  • Pale lower mandible
  • Heavily streaked breast
  • Roundish tail with buffy-brown tips

The name "saw-billed" comes from tiny serrations on the bill.


Photo by Aracari
Rio Quilombo valley, Cubatão - Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 2006

South America: found in the lowlands of south-eastern Brazil (southern Minas Gerais Santa Catarina).


This is either a monotypic species[1], or it has an additional subspecies freitasi[2].


Secondary Atlantic slope rainforest and gardens.

This bird is considered of great importance in the spreading of seeds of bromeliads in the Atlantic Rainforest.



These birds are "trap-line feeders" (visiting plants for nectar along a fairly long route).


Photo by Francisco Paludo
Morretes, PR, Brazil, May 2017

Their nest is a loosely built cone-shaped cup made from plant material.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Arthur Grosset
  4. BF Member observations
  5. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2017)

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