Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Green Hermit (Phaethornis guy)


French: Ermite vert German: Grüner Schattenkolibri Spanish: Ermitaño verde

Trochilus Guy


, 1833,



Species name frequently emended to “guyi”, but this modification unjustified. Race emiliae has often been merged into apicalis. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. g. coruscus Bangs, 1902 – Costa Rica S to NW Colombia.
  • P. g. emiliae (Bourcier & Mulsant, 1846) – Colombia (major river valleys in all three Andean ranges).
  • P. g. apicalis (Tschudi, 1844) – Sierra de Perijá, and E Andean slopes from NW Venezuela (Lara) and Colombia S to SE Peru.
  • P. g. guy (Lesson, 1833) – mountains in NE Venezuela; Trinidad.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 13 cm; male 4–8·1 g, female 4–6·5 g. A medium-sized hermit very similar to P. yaruqui, but with bill distinctly more curved and an... read more


    Song is a continuous series of nasal, rather low-pitched “kuek” notes, repeated at rate of c. 1/... read more


    Understorey of mainly humid forest and adjacent forest edges, small clearings, secondary growth,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Nectar of Heliconia, Costus, Razisea, Columnea, Pachystachys, Centropogon and similar... read more


    Season Nov–Jul, in particular Jan–Apr in Trinidad; Feb–Sept, Dec in Costa Rica and Panama; data on gonadal activity... read more


    Records away from regular range reported from Panama and N Andes, but seasonality of these probably... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Uncommon to fairly common in most areas. In Panama, common in Darién foothills and in highlands above 600 m. Occurs... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hinkelmann, C., Boesman, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Green Hermit (Phaethornis guy). 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 6 December 2019).