Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Near Threatened

Koepcke's Hermit (Phaethornis koepckeae)


French: Ermite de Koepcke German: Orangebrauner Schattenkolibri Spanish: Ermitaño de Koepcke

Phaethornis koepckeae

Weske and Terborgh

, 1977,

Cerros del Sira, Peru


In the past was sometimes placed in genus Ametrornis. Closely related to P. philippii, replacing it at higher elevations; related also to P. syrmatophorus. Significant differences in size between some populations may be result of long-term isolation. Monotypic.


Slopes of isolated mountains along E Andes in Peru.

Descriptive notes

c. 13 cm; male 4–6 g, female 4–5·5 g. Medium-sized hermit with straight bill, olive-green upperparts, orange-red uppertail-coverts, and bright orange... read more


Song a ringing series of short, buzzy notes “bzee-bzee-bzee...”. Calls include a rising “tchwee” or... read more


Moist upper tropical forest under­storey, rarely in second growth. Recorded between 270 and... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar and small arthropods. Feeds by trap-lining.


Gonadal activity Aug–Oct. Small conical nest similar to that of other Phaethornis, attached to the underside of a long... read more


No information available. Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. Has been found so far at no more than ten localities. Regularly recorded at Amazonia Lodge, near Manu... read more

Recommended citation

Hinkelmann, C. & Boesman, P. (2020). Koepcke's Hermit (Phaethornis koepckeae). 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 3 April 2020).