Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Broad-tipped Hermit (Anopetia gounellei)


French: Ermite de Gounelle German: Caatingaschattenkolibri Spanish: Ermitaño coliancho

Phaetornis [sic] gounellei


, 1891,

Santo Antonio da Barra, Bahia, Brazil


Often placed in Phaethornis, but bill and tail morphology supports isolation in separate genus. Monotypic.


NE Brazil (Ceará, S Piauí and Rio Grande do Norte to Sergipe, W Bahia and NE Minas Gerais).

Descriptive notes

c. 11–12·6 cm; c. 2·6–3·4 g in both sexes. A small hermit hummingbird with bronzy-green upperparts, light brownish to ochraceous underparts,... read more


Song is a rising and falling bisyllablic series of notes “si-lew” repeated continuously (at rate of... read more


Caatinga region where inhabits more humid areas with shrubs or trees and dense undergrowth... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar and small arthropods. Observed visiting flowers of two species of Acanthaceae and an arboreal species of Capparis (... read more


Seasonality little known, but nest with eggs found in late Feb, and another in which one chick had just hatched at the end of the second... read more


No definite information available, but presumably largely sedentary, being present in caatinga... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Poorly known and might perhaps be classed as Data Deficient. Presumably uncommon in general, although regularly seen;... read more

Recommended citation

Hinkelmann, C., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2020). Broad-tipped Hermit (Anopetia gounellei). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 January 2020).