Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)


Hook-billed Hermit (Glaucis dohrnii)


French: Ermite de Dohrn German: Bronzeschwanz-Schattenkolibri Spanish: Ermitaño de Espírito Santo

Trochilus dohrnii

Bourcier and Mulsant

, 1852,

Ecuador; error = Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Often considered to belong in genus Ramphodon, but morphological characters clearly indicate placement in Glaucis. Monotypic.


Scattered sites in SE Brazil (SE Bahia and Espírito Santo); old records from E Minas Gerais.

Descriptive notes

c. 12–13 cm; male 6–9 g, female 5·5–7 g. A medium-sized hermit hummingbird similar to female G. hirsutus, i.e. with uniform ochraceous-... read more


Similar to that of Ramphodon naevius and Glaucis hirsutus, on descending scale,... read more


Understorey of lowland (below 500 m) primary forest, littoral forest, mainly in damp areas along... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar and small arthropods. Rare observations indicate feeding at same flowers as G. hirsutus. Feeds by trap-lining.


Season believed to run from Sept to Feb, but only fully described nests were discovered in Jul, Nov and Dec, all in Bahia. Available... read more


No precise information available. Presumably sedentary, although sparsity of records at particular... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES I. Previously treated as Critically Endanagered. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Lowlands EBA. Has declined greatly due to habitat loss... read more

Recommended citation

Hinkelmann, C. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Hook-billed Hermit (Glaucis dohrnii). 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 9 April 2020).