French: Ermite à longue queue German: Westlicher Langschwanz-Schattenkolibri Spanish: Ermitaño piquilargo
Other common names:
Western Long-tailed Hermit
Subspecies and Distribution
P. l. longirostris
(DeLattre, 1843) – S Mexico (N Oaxaca) to N Honduras.
P. l. cephalus
(Bourcier & Mulsant, 1848) – E Honduras to NW Colombia (N Santander).
P. l. susurrus
Bangs, 1901 – Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.
13–16 cm; male 5–7·5 g, female 4–6·5 g. A medium-sized hermit with greenish-brown back and brownish or greyish underparts. Distinguishable... read more
Song a continuous series of single, piercing, usually upslurred “sweeup” notes, at a rate of c. 1·5... read more
Rainforest understorey, tall second growth, more humid areas in semi-deciduous, pine-oak and... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar and small arthropods. Resource plants include several species of Heliconia (e.g. H. pogonantha), Costus... read more
May–Jul, perhaps earlier and also later in E & SE Mexico; Apr–May in S Mexico, Jan–Sept, perhaps Nov in Costa Rica; May... read more
No information on any large-scale movements. Presumably wanders short distances.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Small range of race sussurus indicate that it is potentially at risk. Race cephalus appears to be well... read more
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