Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Buff-bellied Hermit (Phaethornis subochraceus)


French: Ermite ocré German: Ockerbauch-Schattenkolibri Spanish: Ermitaño ocráceo

Phaethornis subochraceus


, 1915,

Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia


Recalls P. squalidus and other small hermits, but more closely related to P. augusti and P. pretrei. Monotypic.


E Andean lowlands of Bolivia (S Beni to E Santa Cruz) and adjacent Brazil (Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul).

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm; 3·5–4 g. A small, dull brownish hermit with ochraceous (buff) belly, best separated by distinctly elongated second pair of rectrices and... read more


Song is a continuously repeated high-pitched phrase. Phrase in its most simple form is a short note... read more


Undergrowth in hilly, deciduous and dry semi-deciduous forest (including Chiquitano dry forest),... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar and small arthropods; observed taking insects trapped in spider webs, but also on vegetation, with insects probably more important... read more


Birds in breeding condition in Jun, Jul and Oct, Bolivia, but at two localities in Santa Cruz, E Bolivia, P. subochraceus... read more


No information available. Presumably sedentary and detailed observations at two localities in E... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Locally common. Poorly known, and should perhaps be classed as Data Deficient. Regularly recorded in dry deciduous forest near Samaipata (... read more

Recommended citation

Hinkelmann, C., Boesman, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Buff-bellied Hermit (Phaethornis subochraceus). 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 7 December 2019).